The Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA) has once again partnered with the state Department of Agriculture to help stock seniors’ pantries with fresh, locally grown produce. Applications and vouchers are available at the 13 participating senior centers throughout the County. Check with your local senior center for hours and availability and learn more here!
Bucks County Opportunity Council
- Create healthy snack bags for children in need (buddy bags)! Donations are to be dropped off at the HELP Center (194 Commerce Drive, Bristol) during the dates and times listed below. For more information, please contact Amanda Musselman at email@example.com. Click here to download a flyer to share.
- Fresh Connect is a free farmers’ market bringing fresh, healthy food to hungry neighbors in Bucks County. It returns to the same location on the same day at the same time each week, providing reliable and needed food to residents. All Fresh Connect attendees must become registered Fresh Connect clients. Pre-registration is required, with a limit of 1 registration per household; income eligibility is 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Participation does not affect your government benefits. Register here
- Click here for a list of food pantries in Bucks County
- BCOC’s Central Bucks Client Services Office (formerly on Almshouse Rd in the Bucks County Health Department building) has moved! Staff on site include Weatherization, Food, and Self-Sufficiency service teams. Current contact information For Central Bucks/Union Street Office: 33 Union Street, Suite 8, Doylestown, PA 18901 | Phone number: 267-733-0529.
Coalition Against Hunger
- “To put an end to the injustice of hunger, we must acknowledge that racism, sexism, low wages, and job instability, to name a few, play key roles in why people experience hunger. We believe that creating a food-secure region requires creativity, collaborative partners, and courage to address these large systemic challenges. Unless we are committed to addressing the root causes of food insecurity, we will never truly be able to end hunger.” Learn more about the Coalition Against Hunger’s 22-27 Strategic Plan and how you can get involved.
- The Coalition Against Hunger SNAP Hotline team is here to help! Whether it’s navigating the SNAP application process or providing case management, our SNAP Hotline team is available to help Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Give our SNAP Hotline team a call at 215-430-0556. If you are looking to visit the County Assistance Offices (CAO), they are open for in-person assistance. You can visit their offices or contact their Customer Service Center at 215-560-7226 (Philadelphia) or 877-395-8930 (statewide). For phone numbers and addresses of all Philadelphia County Assistance offices, please use this link.
- Coalition Against Hunger and their Fox Fellow Intern, Dangela, for these narrated videos in English and Spanish that explain SNAP benefit increases due to the Thrifty Food Plan adjustment. Anyone who thinks they qualify based on the SNAP income limits (found here in Spanish), can contact the Coalition’s SNAP Hotline at 215-430-0556.
- DHS’ P-EBT call line, 484-363-2137 is live! P-EBT is the benefit that was established to help families afford food when their children could not access free and reduced-price school meals as a result of remote learning. Callers can reach staff to address issues during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Outside of business hours, callers can still leave a voice message or report issues through the online portal.
- Food Pantry & Meal Program Map, 5-County Philadelphia area
- Thank you to the Coalition Against Hunger for their summer meals map. If you would like to find a summer site for free meals and snacks for kids and teens age 18 and under, visit this map or call the Coalition’s hotline Mon-Thur 9-5 or Fri 9-4 at (215) 770-4659. If you are interested in helping promote these resources for families in your community, find outreach materials in the Coalition’s Summer Meals Toolkit.
- Important SNAP changes went into effect on October 1, with information shared through these flyers: SNAP Benefit Increases: English and Spanish | New Income Levels: English and Spanish
- “The USDA has granted PA an extension of administrative flexibilities as the County Assistance Offices and clients progress toward normal operations. This means that the two waivers that were about to expire have now been extended until the end of 2021: 1. SNAP applicants do not have to complete an interview in order to be approved for benefits (however, the annual interview to renew benefits is now required); 2. If a SNAP participant is unable to return their Semi-Annual Report (SAR), their benefits will not be cut off. However, DHS is still sending SARs in an effort to keep cases as up-to-date as possible. Clients should complete their SAR and return it if possible.”
The Coalition Against Hunger has been working with Just Harvest to gather information from current and former WIC participants to represent their interests as the Coalition advocates for program improvements. This WIC advocacy work is part of Thriving PA, a non-partisan statewide campaign that seeks to improve the quality of and increase equitable access to a coordinated system of health supports, including access to comprehensive perinatal health services, children’s health insurance, nutrition supports and lead screening and abatement. Review their briefs and reports here:
- Learning from the COVID-19 Crisis: Changes and challenges resulting from the pandemic reveal a path forward for PA WIC
- Stopping WIC’s Downward Spiral: Listening to family feedback is crucial to improving Pennsylvania WIC
- A Time to Thrive: Growing Pennsylvania WIC’s Impact on Children and Families
- WIC Pre-Application: As a result of the American Rescue Plan, WIC participants will get $35 per person per month for fruits and vegetables this summer through September. It is not too late for families to enroll in WIC! After completing the pre-application, families will be contacted by their local agency to complete the process.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Souderton) has provided thousands of takeout meals during the pandemic, with an average of more than 200 meals/day. Meal pickup is Monday-Saturday, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at 69 West Broad St. Souderton (Rear entrance on Lumber St, 1 Block North of Broad St) To volunteer, click here.
Generations. Monday-Friday Meals on Wheels service to the Indian Valley and North Penn Areas has resumed. Drive Through Take Out Meals are not currently being offered. Effective 9/13, Take Out Meals are available for ordering on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. No dine-in meals are being served at this time. Click here for further details, menu listings, and ordering procedures.
Cooking Demo with Teri: Autumn Comfort Food on Tueday 8/30, 10:30 – Autumn is coming! In the kitchen, Generations turns to heartier food we’ve missed through the summer. Teri Wassel will be conducting a fall cooking demonstration featuring an autumn dish chocked full of seasonal produce. Learn how to make this side dish, and then try it at your next fall gathering. The amazing smells will leave your dinner guests drooling for more and begging for the recipe. Teri Wassel is a Public Health Nutritionist for Montgomery County who enjoys teaching senior center participants how to incorporate healthy eating into their daily routines. Registration required. To register, call 215-723-5841 or stop by the Generations front desk.
Keystone Opportunity Center. Food pantry clients may pick up their groceries in Keystone Opportunity Center’s parking lot on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and on the 1st Thursday of the month from 4-6 pm. Individuals coming for pickups should pull into Keystone’s parking lot and wait in their cars until a volunteer checks them in. Keystone’s building will continue to remain closed to clients and donors. The Keystone Opportunity Center Food Pantry serves the residents of the Souderton Area School District. If you or someone you know is in need and would like to become a member of the Food Pantry, please bring proof of residency showing that you live in Souderton School District. Food donations are accepted on Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm at the Main Street entrance.
- Fresh For All is now a Weekly Contactless Produce Distribution. Tuesdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the parking lot of Grace Bible Church, Souderton.
Manna on Main Street. For Kitchen & Market hours and services (open 6 days/week), as well as emergency financial aid information, click here. Manna’s Common Grounds Food Service Training to Employment Program is a free, 240+ hour, eight-week culinary and work skills program for individuals experiencing economic instability, barriers to employment or looking for a second chance in life through a career in the foodservice industry. All trainees graduate with their ServSafe certification and the opportunity for secure food service employment and a successful, sustainable career. Common Grounds is based upon the national proven and tested Catalyst Kitchens model. For more information, reach out to Sue Jurina, Career Services Manager, at 215.855.5454, ext 17. Apply here!
Maternal and Family Health Services will start delivering the WIC Nutrition Program in Bucks County October 2021. Read the announcement by flyer here.
MontCo Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN). For MAHN updates, stay connected through Facebook. For a map of MAHN food pantries, click here. Food pantry schedules are in a state of flux. Updates will be posted as received. Please call the location you intend to use to confirm hours of operation before making a trip.
Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi). PASSi Kitchen Xpress provides free, freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced, culturally considerate meals for seniors five days per week through no-contact delivery and curbside pick-up. Learn more about PASSi’s meal services, and sign up here!
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low income seniors with fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from approved farmers in Pennsylvania. Seniors must be 60 years of age or older and meet the federal income guidelines. The checks are available on a first come first serve basis. The 2021 household income guidelines, along with how to apply, can be found here. Call your County Aging office to find out when and where they are distributing the checks/ vouchers. Thank you to Senator Bob Mensch for sharing this information!
SNAP. Online grocery purchasing for SNAP recipients is live. In PA, this includes Aldi, Amazon, Fresh Grocer, ShopRite, and Walmart. These are the only retailers currently accepting online SNAP purchases as part of this pilot. Participating locations will be at the discretion of the retailer (except Amazon, who delivers nationwide). A list of all participating retailers and locations can be found here.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces the revision of the Thrifty Food Plan, which will result in an update to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as of October 1, 2021! Read the press release, get the infographic, or download the full report.
United Way of Bucks County. Learn more about their Bucks Knocks Out Hunger campaign!
- The HELP Center – a Healthy Eating and Living Partnership – is a collaboration between three nonprofit agencies: Bucks County Opportunity Council, St. Mary Medical Center, and United Way of Bucks County. Located in Bristol, HELP is an 8,000 square foot warehouse, distribution center, and “shop” for the gifts in-kind program (formerly “The Shed”). With a commercial loading dock and expansive storage capability, the center allows UW Bucks to accept large corporate donations— full tractor trailer loads – of home goods and consumables. Partners use the space for food storage and distribution through food pantries and weekend backpack programs. Each month, hundreds of people “shop” for the things they need. Volunteer at the HELP Center! Learn more about making an appointment at the HELP Center!