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    Bucks Knocks Out Hunger exceeds $85,000 fundraising goal

    Bucks Knocks Out Hunger, United Way of Bucks County’s annual hunger-fighting initiative, achieved its $85,000 fundraising goal on July 1st.

    The campaign, which kicked off on May 3rd, received donations from individuals, businesses, and civic groups to provide hunger relief in Bucks County.

    In 2018 the goal for Bucks Knocks Out Hunger was $80,000, which the organization reached thanks to a last-minute challenge grant from community member Al Brown of Doylestown.

    This year, giving remained strong throughout the campaign, which reached its goal only 10 days after the annual volunteer food-packing event.

    Tim Philpot, United Way of Bucks County’s Impact Director for Health and BKO Hunger project coordinator says, “We’re really so grateful for the generous support of so many from Bucks County. While Bucks Knocks Out Hunger enjoys strong support from our corporate partners, it’s really individual donations, some small and some large, that make BKO possible.”

    Bucks Knocks Out Hunger supports dozens of local food pantries by providing dairy, produce, meats, and over 150,000 nutritious, shelf-stable meals this year. 

    Meals were packed by volunteers from across the county on June 21st and June 22nd at Bucks County Community College.

    Two partner organizations, Bucks County Opportunity Council and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue will receive funds raised by Bucks Knocks Out Hunger to supply fresh produce, dairy products and eggs from funds.  

    Heather Foor, food program manager at Bucks County Opportunity Council says that support from Bucks Knocks Out Hunger is very helpful. “Funds raised from BKO allow us to purchase food items that are not normally donated to food pantries, such as eggs and dairy. Eggs are loaded with high-quality proteins and vitamins and are one of the most requested items from pantry visitors,” says Heather.

    The organization accepts donations year-round to fight hunger. These can be made online at www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger, dropped off at any Penn Community Bank, or mailed to the UW Bucks office (413 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030) with the subject line “BKO Hunger.”

    For over 65 years, United Way of Bucks County has been improving lives by uniting donors, advocates, and volunteers around the common good.

    United Way focuses on the building blocks for a good life: a quality education, a stable income, and good health. For more information, call 215.949.1660 or visit www.uwbucks.org.