Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Rating: 4.93 stars 117 reviews
Location: 1 N. Linden Street Duquesne PA 15110 USA
Results: Today the Food Bank distributes nearly 20 million pounds of food annually to agencies that serve individuals and families who need food assistance Operating from an award-winning LEED certified "Green" warehouse, located in Duquesne, PA, we accomplish our mission by re-packaging food, preparing orders for agencies, receiving, deliveries, pick-ups, maintaining a fleet of trucks and other vehicles, accounting and tracking, Food Stamp outreach, visiting and monitoring agencies, special events planning, development activities, nutrition education, a test kitchen, volunteer projects, publications, and tours. We have professional staff, new technology, nutrition research, improved communication, a strong member network, and thousands of dedicated volunteers. Together these elements enable us to develop specific programs that are both innovative and responsive to changing needs in the community. The Food Bank has won awards for programs, including: a handheld wireless tracking system by which truck drivers can directly connect with inventory an advocacy campaign using paper plates the Choose Healthy Options Program (CHOP)
Target demographics: We distribute food through agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, after school programs, senior high rises, MH-MR drop-in centers, neighborhood food assistance agencies, emergency or disaster-related feeding sites, regional food banks, Meals on Wheels, community centers, and special programs.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 380 member agencies in network
Geographic areas served: 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania
Programs: During Fiscal Year 2007-08, more than 1,320,000 pounds of perishable products and some non-perishable products, (including bread, juice, dairy, meat, produce, cleaning supplies, etc) have been distributed to approximately 33,618 households, serving 79,205 people. Produce to People is held once a month in McKeesport, South Side, Braddock, and Homewood.
Due to the success of the program and the positive feedback from its participants, distributions were established this year in Beaver, Lawrence, and Greene Counties, and a handbook was developed that can be used as a guide for establishing future sites. We continue to explore the feasibility of adding more sites as the need and supply of product warrants. The budget is approx. $2,600 per distribution.
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I did a graduate school project involving staff management and organizational culture at the Food Bank several years ago. Through that experience, I became very familiar with the internal workings of the organization. The staff are dedicated; the managers are committed to excellence. They have an amazing efficiency rating. And Joyce, the CEO, is perfect for the job. She is truly committed to using every single dollar received by the organization to help the hungry in Pittsburgh. I now serve as an advisory board member and have the opprotunity to continue to watch the organization stretch and grow. I donate frequently because I know that my donation goes further at the Food Bank than it would at most other nonprofits.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing food distributed to the hungry in Pittsburgh, and reading the results of their work each quarter through reports to the advisory board that I am a member of.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
not change a thing!