Nonprofit seeks volunteers and donations for BKO Hunger
United Way of Bucks County is calling on community members to unite for its 10th year of fighting food insecurity at Bucks Knocks Out Hunger.
The annual initiative, also known as BKO Hunger, consists of a fundraiser, county-wide food drive, and one-day meal-packing event. Each year, the project brings together thousands of donors, advocates, and volunteers to fight hunger in Bucks County.
The nonprofit stresses that BKO Hunger is particularly important this year, as local residents are facing a new obstacle – the rising cost of groceries.
“Families in poverty and even moderate-income families are really feeling the pinch right now,” said Tim Philpot, Director of Financial Stability & Health at United Way of Bucks County. “They’re experiencing rising prices that outstrip wage increases, at the same time as pandemic-related federal assistance is drying up. It puts them between a rock and a hard place,” he added.
“At Penn Community Bank, we believe that strengthening individuals and families is key to helping our entire community succeed,” said Jeane Vidoni, President and CEO of Penn Community Bank. “We’re proud to partner with United Way of Bucks County as they celebrate this 10-year milestone of fighting hunger so our neighbors can prosper.”
For the first time since the pandemic, the meal-packing event will be held in person on Friday, June 17th at Neshaminy Mall. Community members interested in volunteering can visit www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger to register.
Shelf-stable meals packed at BKO Hunger support food pantries county-wide, including United Way’s HELP Center pantry. Funds raised for the project provide nutritious options like fresh produce, eggs, and dairy to local pantries, senior centers, and Fresh Connect.
Donations can be made at www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger or by mailing a check to United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, PA 19030, with BKO Hunger in the memo line.
Bucks Knocks Out Hunger is presented by Penn Community Bank and is sponsored by Suez, Bucks County Community College, Comcast, NJM Insurance Group, Parx Casino, PECO, Wegmans, and St Philips Episcopal Church.