UW Bucks Hosting Bucks Knocks Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday

Volunteers at various tables packaging food.
Hundreds of volunteers at Bucks Knocks Out Hunger 2019 pack thousands of bags of food for local food pantries and senior centers. Photo by Rick Rickman.

United Way Bucks is once again holding its annual Bucks Knocks Out Hunger food drive this Saturday, June 20. But due to the pandemic, the local non-profit is making some important adjustments.

Last year, 700 volunteers gathered at Bucks County Community College’s Newtown campus. Together, they packaged 150,000 bags of food for those in need.

However, Bucks County is still in the yellow phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s reopen plan. This means gatherings of 25 people or more are not allowed.

Instead, UW Bucks is asking for people to drop off donations to one of four locations from 9 a.m. to noon. Additionally, they are aiming to raise $100,000 for hunger relief in the county.

In 2019, UW Bucks estimated 4 in 25 kids in the county experienced hunger and food insecurity. Since the onset of the pandemic, they believe this number has more than doubled.

Between non-perishables and financial contributions, BKO Hunger organizers are hoping to collect 25,000 pounds of food.

The four locations are:

  • Bucks County Community College Newtown Campus
  • Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem
  • Doylestown YMCA
  • Luke’s University Health Network and Hospital in Quakertown

These locations are contact-free drop off sites to ensure everyone is able to socially distance.

Dozens of bags of Spanish rice sealed and ready for packing at the end of one volunteer line at BKO Hunger 2019.

Director of Community Impact for Health Tim Philpot joined UpWords with Chris Ermer Tuesday on WBCB 1490. Philpot says people should put their donations in large boxes or bags in their trunks. Volunteers will then get the donations so no one has to leave their vehicle.

The pandemic is also making UW Bucks think more creatively about how to get these donations to those in need. For the first time, BKO Hunger will support food delivery to people who are vulnerable to COVID-19 and food insecure.

Penn Community Bank made the first contribution to BKO Hunger this year with a $7,500 donation. Anyone who wishes to make a financial contribution can do so online here. Alternatively, they can mail a check to United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, PA 19030,with “BKO Hunger” in the memo line.