Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank

ORGANIZATION: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank     

CONTACT NAME/TITLE:   Dora Walmsley, Volunteer Coordinator

ADDRESS:     1 N. Linden Street

CITY:  Duquesne                                                  STATE:  PA                            ZIP:    15110

PHONE:  412-460-3663 ext. 269                         EMAIL:   DWalmsley@pittsburghfoodbank.org

WEBSITE: www.pittsburghfoodbank.org

Mission of the Organization: Our mission is to feed the hungry in southwestern Pennsylvania through a network of partners and to mobilize our region to end hunger.

Social Justice Issue Area that your organization works in:

___Peace and Human Rights                          ___ LGBT rights

                  ___Woman, Youth, and Families      ___Racial Justice      ___Environmental Justice

___ Economic Justice                     ___ Disability Rights     _X_Other     Food Insecurity.

Two projects that we have in mind are listed below:

1. Produce to People (Saturday Mornings)
Help Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank distribute fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as other grocery items, at our weekly Saturday and bimonthly Thursday evening distributions. By attending a direct distribution, you will experience a powerful, introspective glimpse into the food insecurity that exists in our very own Pittsburgh communities. This eye-opening volunteer experience places volunteers in a rewarding position as they help the Food Bank directly fight hunger. Together we will distribute between 15,000 and 23,000 pounds of food directly to families in need. Volunteers are needed to help us unload product from trucks, set up the distribution line, distribute items to the recipients and help elderly individuals carry their groceries. It is a volunteer experience that you won’t want to miss.

2. Food Drive (No time constraints)

Hunger and lack of adequate nutrition do exist in our local communities. We have all missed a meal at some time – but imagine the pain and frustration that would come from having no food or money to buy food. By holding a food drive, to benefit the Food Bank, students can do something to help end this hurt from hunger. Food drives are an easy community project to undertake, and they provide good quality food and grocery items to help your neighbors in need. Where Does Donated Food Go? The Food Bank serves over 120,000 individuals through a network of agencies such as food pantries, after-school programs, soup kitchens, and shelters. Your donations will help feed local children, adults and the elderly who struggle due to low wages, unemployment, homelessness, a fixed income or temporary emergency.

The maximum number of students that can work on these projects are _15(p2p) /unltmd(food drive)__.