This year on the Fourth of July, thousands of local families will have an unexpected boost to their holiday barbecue thanks to Applegate Natural & Organic Meats. Families living daily with food insecurity throughout Bucks County, PA will be cooking up the healthiest, purest, most delicious hot dogs money can buy. And it is all free!
Applegate has been donating many thousands of pounds of their premium deli on a regular basis to those in need. In the month of June alone, 80,405 hot dogs were donated to the Bucks County Opportunity Council and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue to distribute to our area’s many food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and senior centers!
It is surprising to many people to learn that in Bucks County, 15% of our population is in need and makes hard choices every day to try to have enough food to eat. Of that, more than 27% are children and more than 12% are seniors struggling to balance very limited income with their medical and other needs. The face of hunger is changing, and people working two and three jobs are now visiting food pantries on their lunch breaks. It’s that much harder for people to make ends meet.
So generous, community-minded companies like Applegate are stepping up to try to fill the nutrition gap, realizing that good sources of healthy protein are hard to come by for so many of our neighbors.
Just ask Denise Daniels, manager of the Penndel Food Pantry, one of the hunger-relief sites managed by the Bucks County Housing Group. “Everyone is absolutely thrilled with what we’ve been getting from Applegate. With the quantity coming in, we’ve been able to be more generous with what we’re able to distribute to our families—sometimes giving two or three packages of deli and hot dogs to each person coming in for food. There’ll be some great barbecues this July Fourth. A big thank-you!”
And Bryan Root, a volunteer with Harvest Ministries in Bensalem, PA says that he and the other dedicated volunteers have been able to serve meals featuring the donated meats to their extended community on a regular basis now. And for Fourth of July celebration this year, “The money we saved by not having to buy meats, a very expensive product for food pantries to try to provide, will now be able to go to meet other pressing needs. It’s going to be a good holiday for our folks”, he shared.
About the Author:
Cathy Snyder is the founder of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, a nonprofit that collects donated produce from local farms and markets, and distributes immediately to the non-profit hunger-relief agencies helping the most needy families in the community.