More than 100,000 meals were packaged Friday during the United Way’s “Bucks Knocks Out Hunger” event at Delaware Valley College.
More than 600 volunteers of all ages turned out for the event, helping to package 100,200 meals to be provided to local food pantries.
United Way of Bucks County partnered with Bucks County Opportunity Council, Bucks County Housing Group, Rolling Harvest Food Rescue and sponsor First Federal of Bucks County to host the event.
The dried meals of rice and beans and macaroni and cheese began as industrial bags of ingredients, according to organizers. “The giant bags of raw materials were then distributed between the 20 tables of approximately 12 volunteers, who combined them in the correct portions through an assembly line—first macaroni, then soy, then cheese packet and seal, or rice, then beans, spices and seal,” the United Way of Bucks County said in an announcement.
Each meal costs just 25 cents to package, thanks to the help of the volunteers.
Packing was done in two 90-minute shifts. Each shift packed approximately 50,000 meals, which were immediately boxed and picked up by pantries all over Bucks County, according to organizers.
"Bucks County responded to Bucks Knocks Out Hunger with generosity and enthusiasm. The response demonstrated that food insecurity was an issue that matters to many here locally, and that BKO Hunger was an approach they could get behind," said project coordinator Tim Philpot.
First Federal of Bucks County was the premium sponsor for Bucks Knocks Out Hunger 2014. The bank donated $10,000 to the effort.
United Way of Bucks County is still accepting donations to Bucks Knocks Out Hunger. Click here to make a donation.