The United Way of Bucks County's campaign to raise $110,000 to provide hunger relief to local families has gotten a big boost, putting it within $20,000 of its goal.
After stalling at the halfway point, the Bucks Knocks Out Hunger campaign jumped to $93,927 as of Thursday afternoon, thanks to a $30,000 donation from a local couple.
“We were really concerned about closing such a big gap, but now we feel like we’re back in the game,” said Tim Philpot, director of health at United Way of Bucks County. “This is the time to show your support and help fight hunger if you haven’t already. Together, we can make this happen before the Fourth of July.”
Now in its 10th year, Bucks Knocks Out Hunger helps provide families in Bucks County with healthy foods.
$25,000 will go to the Bucks County Opportunity Council to provide dairy products, eggs and other foods for its network of food pantries
$25,000 is for Rolling Harvest Food Rescue to purchase fresh, local produce from Bucks County farmers for families in need
$33,000 purchased raw materials for the Bucks Knocks Out Hunger food packaging event held June 17
$20,000 will support the Fresh Connect free farmer's markets
Remaining funds will purchase produce and support home delivery of food to home-bound seniors in need.
The rising cost of groceries and gas is putting even more strain on families, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet but who don't qualify for government assistance.
“There’s never been a more urgent need to source and donate the healthiest locally grown fruits, vegetables, and organic proteins,” Cathy Snyder, founder and executive director of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, said in a statement.
“So many of our neighbors continue to struggle amidst rising food costs, transportation costs, loss of government safety nets, and other challenges to feed their families well. This is what you are supporting when you give to BKO Hunger.”
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.
This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County United Way hunger campaign edges closer to goal