Bucks County Opportunity Council
- 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
- Summer Bags for those experiencing homelessness in Bucks County: The theme for Summer is “Summer. Sun. Safety!” Click here for a flyer you can download and share. Contact Amanda Musselman for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-345-8175 ext. 223.
- 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
- SNAP Hotline, 215-430-0556, M-F, 9 am to 5 pm
- Food Pantry & Meal Program Map, 5-County Philadelphia area (being updated during summer 2021)
- Pennsylvania Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): The U.S. Congress created the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program in Spring 2020 to help families buy food while schools were closed due to COVID-19. P-EBT funds are being issued to families for the 2020-2021 school year; there have been delays in issuing cards to families. P-EBT cards are estimated to arrive to families by July 9, 2021.
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.
Summer food and meal programs are available! Children and teens 18 and under can once again access free meals at many sites throughout the five-county region with no ID, registration, or proof of income required.
- Find a summer food or meal program site through the Coalition Against Hunger’s interactive map of the 5-County Philadelphia area
- For organizations hosting summer meal programs, click here for the Coalition’s 2021 Summer Meals Toolkit, available in English and Spanish, including flyers, social media graphics, and sample social media posts. Please note that the toolkit and the resources it promotes are applicable to Philadelphia, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware counties.
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 of Indian Valley continues to offer take-out meal service. Meals are offered to those 60 years and older on Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required. Call 215-723-5841 or 215-723-7997 to leave a message by Friday of the preceding week (if possible). Provide: first and last name, phone number, days you will pick up (Wed and/or Fri), first and last name of each person for whom you will be picking up meals. Printed menus available at pick-ups. For more information, please click here.
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.
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!