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How To Help Your Hungry Pittsburgh Neighbors

Francesca Dabecco
Francesca Dabecco
Posted on November 21
A packed produce shelf at the Millvale Market. (Francesca Dabecco / City Cast Pittsburgh)

A packed produce shelf at the Millvale Market. (Francesca Dabecco / City Cast Pittsburgh)

Did you know that one in five people are food insecure in Pittsburgh? With inflation rising and grocery prices and wages staying the same, more families are struggling to put food on the table. Last year, Pennsylvania expanded its eligibility for both the State Food Purchase Program and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. Check out this resource page from Trying Together to learn if you qualify for food assistance.

And if you’d like to help your hungry neighbors over the Thanksgiving holiday, here’s a list of food banks and pantries to donate to:

There are a variety of ways that individuals, gardeners, restaurants, farms, and grocery retailers can give to the food bank. Visit this page to learn more. The easiest way to help is through monetary donations so that the bank can purchase items in bulk.

If you operate a restaurant, grocery store, or local farm, you can donate surplus food to 412 Food Rescue. Read more guidelines here. Don’t work in food service? Sign up to be a Food Rescue Hero and deliver meals to neighbors in need.

Donations needed now include juice (orange, cranberry, apple), cereal, crackers, canned soup, coffee, and more. Find the full list here.

Their annual drive asks for a donation of $2.83 to give a nourishing Thanksgiving meal to an unhoused neighbor and $58 to give a family a Thanksgiving dinner box. This year, their goal is to deliver 2,000 boxes for seniors and families in need.

The pantry currently needs reusable grocery bags (cloth or very heavy plastic bags). Otherwise, monetary donations are most helpful.

Nonperishable food, personal care items, and diapers are always accepted by the pantry. You can also make a monetary donation.

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