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Grants to Upper Bucks Nonprofits Support Food Assistance in Wake of COVID-19

Allentown, Pa., September 9, 2020—In response to community needs as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) established the Upper Bucks COVID-19 Response Fund that recently awarded $12,800 to nonprofits providing food assistance (safety net services) to Upper Bucks County residents. 

Grants from the Upper Bucks COVID-19 Fund are supported by several sources of funding. It is primarily supported by the Erwin J. & Gertrude K. Neusch Fund at LVCF, in addition to individual donor contributions.

“Grants from the fund were directed by the Upper Bucks Advisory Board which is an important philanthropic arm of the Community Foundation,” said Megan Briggs, director of community investments at LVCF “Their intimate knowledge of the people and organizations which serve the community is extremely valuable and results in careful and thoughtful grantmaking in Upper Bucks County.”

“The Upper Bucks Advisory Board is frequently faced with difficult decisions as a result of receiving grant requests that indicate total needs that far exceed our currently available funds,” noted Doug Hutchinson, chair of the Upper Bucks Community Fund Advisory Board.  “We always attempt to allocate available funds to grant requests that best reflect the desires of the donors of the funds. We encourage all charitable organizations faced with unfunded needs to continue to submit grant requests in the future even if we were unable to fund a previous request.”

The following organizations received grants from the Upper Bucks COVID-19 Response Fund:

  • Palisades Community Foundation - $2,250
  • YMCA of Bucks County - $2,100
  • St. Luke's Upper Bucks Campus - $1,200
  • Children's Developmental Program - $2,000
  • FEAST Pantry - $1,900
  • AHUB/Outreach Care - $2,000
  • Bucks County Opportunity Council - $1,350

Those interested in supporting additional grants to Upper Bucks nonprofits through this fund can learn more and make a gift on the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation website at: https://www.lehighvalleyfoundation.org/upper-bucks-covid-19-response-fund.

Learn more about the Upper Bucks Community Fund on the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation website.

See related release | Area Nonprofits Receive $33,800 in Grants from the Upper Bucks Community Fund

About the Upper Buck Community Fund

The Upper Bucks Community Fund of the Lehigh Valley, a geographic affiliate of Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, consists primarily of two area-of-interest funds. The Richard E. Gasser Fund and Erwin J. and Gertrude K. Neusch Fund are for organizations and programs primarily serving the Palisades, Pennridge and Quakertown School Districts in the Upper Bucks area. Recently added to Upper Bucks umbrella, The Bucks County Free Library Endowment Fund is an agency fund that benefits the seven-branch county library system with locations in Bensalem, Doylestown, Langhorne, Levittown, Perkasie, Quakertown, and Yardley-Makefield.