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Bucks Opportunity Council collects 15 tons of food for pantries

BUCKS COUNTY

Opportunity Council collects 15 tons

of food for summer

DOYLESTOWN Community groups this spring donated 15 tons of food to the Bucks County Opportunity Council, the agency announced this week.

The donations will help stock more than 30 food pantries with meals for the summer.

The agency said there were more than 55,000 visits to county food pantries between July 2012 and June 2013, and Jessie Marushak, the council's director of development, said the need was increasing, particularly in summer, when children don't get free or reduced-price lunches at school.

"A lot of people don't realize how difficult summer can be for families in need," said Heather Foor, the council's new food program manager. "Most food drives happen in December during the holidays."

More than 50 teams - from businesses to Girl Scout troops and schools - worked throughout May to collect mostly nonperishable food items such as pasta, beans, and peanut butter for the council, Marushak said

The items were subsequently picked up by the pantries and will provide them with the equivalent of 23,000 meals. That's enough, Marushak hopes, to last a few months.

Marushak said donations are always accepted. More information is at www.bcoc.org.

- Chris Palmer

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