Panel Series To Focus On Food Insecurity In Bucks Amid Pandemic

Tim Philpot, Director of Financial Stability & Health at United Way of Bucks County, and Kristin Chapin, Associate Director for YWCA Bucks.

A guest panel series taking a look at hunger locally is starting in early March.

The League of Women Voters of Bucks County, which is organizing the panel, says the public is invited to join and participate. It’s first installment of the Food Insecurity and Hunger in Bucks County series is Saturday, March 6 at 10:30 a.m.

LWVBC’s goal with the panels is to hold conversations on the “breadth and depth” of food insecurity in Bucks. These programs “look at the communities in our backyards who are suffering from food insecurity, what’s causing these problems, and what can be done to help.”

The first panel on March 6 will have three guest speakers.

Tim Philpot of United Way of Bucks County will be one. Currently Director of Financial Stability & Health, Philpot has led the UW’s “Bucks Knocks Out Hunger” program.

In June 2019, more than 700 volunteers packaged 150,000 bags of food. The “Bucks Knocks Out Hunger” drive also seeks to raise awareness that in a normal year, 4 out of 25 children in Bucks struggle with hunger. This number may have more than doubled amid the pandemic.

Kristin Chapin, Associate Director of YWCA Bucks, will also be a panelist. She has 20 years of experience working with nonprofits.

The third panelist will be Heather Foor of the Bucks County Opportunity Council. Along with overseeing BCOC’s food program, Foor serves as Co-Chair for the Hunger Nutrition Coalition of Bucks County.

Foor was a major player in starting up Fresh Connect Bucks County. The program connects local farmers with local markets to get free produce to those in need.

There are two more panels with guests TBA. The second is Saturday, March 20, then the third is April 10. Both start at 10:30 a.m.

To register, anyone can go to https://bit.ly/HungerSeries and sign up. They should then receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar. This will allow them to join any or all of the upcoming panels.