Community Food Pantry Program
Bucks County Housing Group (BCHG) operates three Community Food Pantries located in Penndel, Doylestown and Milford Square. Collectively, these pantries serve over 2,100 families. Each food pantry is open eight hours a week and gives each consumer/family enough food for three days.
Community members donate 90% of the food which is distributed to the consumer. BCHG also receives funding to purchase food from the Commonwealth of PA and the Federal government. BCHG partners with Rolling Harvest Food Rescue to provide fresh food grown locally to consumers/families. BCHG food pantries also receive funding from Bucks County Opportunity Council and United Way of Bucks County. BCHG also partners with Philabundance Grocers against Hunger Program. We have five dedicated staff members and over 400 volunteers who help us on a regular basis.
Originally established to provide emergency support to the community, consumers/families now use the pantry on a regular basis as an ongoing source for food. The food insecurity rate in Bucks County is 10.1% and growing. More than half of low income children miss out on price reduced lunches during the school year and skip meals during the summer months. In our region, Bucks County is experiencing the largest growth of food insecure families, and recently experienced a spike in the number of citizens who rely on SNAP.
BCHG's Penndel Community Food Pantry is the busiest food pantry in the county, serving on average 70 families each day that the pantry is open. All three pantries continue to see new families enroll weekly. BCHG remains committed to serving our neighbors in need. We believe that no one in Bucks County should be hungry. Thankfully our community of volunteers and donors feel the same way!