United Way, Bucks County Opportunity Council Holding Food Drive

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The Operation Helping Hand Food Drive is once again underway in Bucks County.

The drive, organized by the Bucks County Opportunity Council and the United Way of Bucks County is being sponsored by Inspire Federal Credit Union.

The drive’s goal this year is to collect 67,000 pounds of food, which will then be distributed between 28 food pantries in the county. Food will be collected through March 14, and the final delivery to pantries will happen on March 15.

The drive enjoys support from local businesses and organizations.

“As Bucks County’s lead food agency for families in need, the Bucks County Opportunity Council distributes food to over 60 providers throughout the County. Families in Bucks are no longer visiting these sites for ’emergency only.’ They have become a way of life for many,” the nonprofit noted in a press release.

“In the third wealthiest county in Pennsylvania, people are hungry. Often those in poverty face no-win choices: do I pay the electric bill or buy food? Buy school supplies, or food? Food is usually the first to be cut, especially healthy foods that are more expensive,” explained Heather Foor, the Bucks County Opportunity Council’s food program manager.

More information on becoming a collection location can be found online.

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Erich Martin attended Bucks County Community College for two years where he was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Centurion, the college newspaper. Erich is currently attending Temple University in order to complete his degree in Journalism. Erich was recognized at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards in 2014 for general news. In downtime, Erich enjoys spending time with friends and family. Aside from spending time with family and reporting news, Erich loves getting engrossed in a great game, book, or movie.