Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Rating: 4.93 stars   117 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: 1 N. Linden Street Duquesne PA 15110 USA

Mission: Our mission is to eliminate hunger and develop collaborative strategies that encourage self-reliance; its ultimate vision is to build a community that makes food accessible to all people while promoting dignity, wellness, and improvement in the quality of life.
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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412-460-FOOD
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is all over Pittsburgh, you cant miss them. Their passion and drive for helping their neighbors is unmatched and should be modeled by every other surrounding foodbank. I thank them for making the greater Pittsburgh area a better place to live.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I volunteered with a group from work. It was my first time and it was a warm and humbling experience. Its really nice to see the care and amoun of time is spent to help others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

GPCFB is always busy doing whatever they can to help families and individuals who have fallen on hard times in the area. Fantastic group!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former intern of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, I cannot say enough good things about what goes on behind and beyond their walls. The individuals of this organization are not simply employees by the Food Bank but they embody a the mission to further the community through their efforts to eradicate hunger. The management is outstanding and because of such superb leadership, the Food Bank is able to efficiently and effectively work to bring about change in the community. This is an organization that loves and serves like a nonprofit but has the efficiency and success rate of a fortune 500 company. The Food Bank is without a doubt the most meaningful nonprofit I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my community through their fundraisers, special events, and produce to people work

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ABSOLUTELY Nothing

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I work for a local Head Start Program and we often refer our families to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. These are difficult times for many of our families and those with small children often doubly effected. Young children need nutritious food to develop and grow strong. Our families have experienced wonderful results from being working with the food bank. Our program often refers families to local food banks who receive their food supplies from the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. The Food Bank has a terrific reputation in the community and have expanded to reach many more counties. Their strength is in their ability to serve many communities and also the quality of the food products that the food bank receives from their resources. There are many of our families that would go hungry without the resources of the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

THE FAMILIES WE SERVE IN OUR PROGRAM REPORT THEIR SATISFACTION WITH THE FOOD PRODUCTS THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED FROM THE GREATER PITTSBURGH FOOD BANK.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would continue to recruit volunteers to support the mission of the agency.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

For several years, our Highmark sales team has volunteered to pack food as an annual team building exercise. (Packing frozen pierogies was my favorite exercise!) It's hard work, and at the end of the day we were exhausted. What was disturbing was learning that the sources of food supplies have steadily diminished over the years. Seeing shelves that were partially empty was a frightening sight, especially in this economic climate. While more and more people rely on the food bank, less and less is available for them. It's a sad comment for the richest country in the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Pittsburgh, PA

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would try to get more volunteers. But, they do a great job.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank does absolutely wonderful work. Through a volunteer experience we had the opportunity to give to this organization and I just wanted to share what wonderful work they do and how proud we are to have them as part of the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the community and seeing the impact that the organization has on individuals and families.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not doing anything differently - already an outstanding organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

As a past recruiter of nonprofit internships, I worked with several staff members at the Food Bank in developing position descriptions, outlining expectations and maintaining our partnership. Not only were these staff members some of the most professional and hard-working individuals I have met, but they all shared a deep passion for their mission. Furthermore, the young people we placed at the Food Bank were generously supported throughout their experience. In my opinion, the GPCFB is one of the most effective non-profits in our region.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the numbers of people served annually by the Food Bank.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the passionate people who work there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, committed, inspiring.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

From my time at the Food Bank, I was incredibly impressed with the size and scope of their programs, from volunteer involvement to the amount of food they give away each year. The atmosphere was friendly and inviting, and staff were gracious and knowledgeable.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

friendly staff

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand impact to more nutrition education programming

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-10-01

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