Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Rating: 4.93 stars   117 reviews

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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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EIN 25-1420599
412-460-FOOD
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been a Board Member (and past Board President) for 16 years. Yet everyday I still find there are more things to learn and admire about the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

While I'm involved in many areas, my focus has been working with the Development Department on the Campaign to End Hunger. This campaign, now in its fifth year, has helped build awareness of hunger in our region and positioned GPCFB as a major part of the solution. One result has been a significant increase in donations at a time when those donations are so desperately needed.

No matter how great the need, I have found that the Food Bank is willing to do virtually anything to help those most vulnerable in our region. It has been a great source of pride to be part of that effort.

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

increased donations to meet the needs of many individuals needing help for the first time in their lives due to the effects of the recent recession.

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

With a wonderful staff in place and highly effective programs, there is really nothing I would change. However, after 30 years of outstanding leadership, CEO Joyce Rothermel, will soon be retiring. I'm glad to have the opportunity to serve on the CEO Transition Committee to insure that the new CEO continues the work of the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associated with the Foodbank for over 20 years as Advisor, Board member and past President. I first joined the Board to represent the company I worked for but after I retired I elected to remain on the board because I believe in the Foodbank mission so strongly. In my opinion no nonprofit is better run or more committed to their mission

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

Twenty tears of on hand experience

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