Adopt-A-Pantry 2013 Kicks Off to Stock Food Pantries in Bucks County
Starting May 1, food collection sites will be popping up around Bucks County for the Opportunity Council’s annual Adopt-A-Pantry project— a collaborative, county-wide food drive to benefit the Food and Nutrition Network (FaNN),
a network of 27 food pantries. Families, churches,
local businesses and others are pledging to collect non-perishable food between May 1 and 17. Through a partnership with New York Life and Delaware Valley College, Adopt-A-Pantry expects to collect 15,400 meals, or the equivalent of 10 tons of food.
Adopt-A-Pantry 2013 will help area pantries stock up for
summertime when children don’t receive breakfast and lunch from school and their shelves are the emptiest. More than 102,000 people visited FaNN’s pantries last year, receiving 1,243,715 meals — $2,126,504 worth of food.
While the number of people visiting FaNN’s pantries has increased almost 20 percent over the last three
years, its funding was reduced by 40 percent this year and is not expected to increase in the future. Ten percent of Bucks County residents are food insecure; however, only six percent currently receive Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program – formerly the Food Stamp Program – benefits. Donations to the Adopt-A-Pantry drive will help fill these increasing gaps in food security.
Bucks County Opportunity Council invites anyone who wants to set up a food collection site to visit www.bcoc.org
or call 215-345-8175 x213 for the Adopt-A-Pantry toolkit, which contains a pledge form, a food drive guide and other materials. After the drive, donations can be dropped off on Monday and Tuesday, May 20 and 22, at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown.
The Opportunity Council is grateful to New York Life for providing volunteers and supplies for the effort and to Delaware Valley College for donating space on
their Doylestown campus to collect and sort food donations.
Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income people in Bucks County achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency. For more information, visit www.bcoc.org.