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.