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

For my school, we did a fundraiser four our literary journal called "Food for Thought" and donated all the cans we raised to the GPCFB. They're a wonderful organization and we plan on doing it every year.

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Rating: 5 stars  

While I have had enormous respect for any organization that helps feed the hungry, I have enormous respect for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. They have a tremendous task of helping to provide food to children, families, the elderly, the poor, and every one that needs fed, and it is extremely hard to keep up with that demand. The economy has a lot to do with the fluctuation of their supply and demand and in this current economy, it makes the job that much harder. Every year I donate food on a consistent basis, and, every holiday, instead of having guests arrive with hostess gifts, I ask that they bring nonperishable items to be donated to the food bank. They have readily complied. I will continue to aid in this fight for ending hunger and hope those who read this will consider a donation of any type as well.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I don't have a sad story to tell. I am just one of many who donate to the Pittsburgh Food Bank because of all the wonderful things they do to help those in need. I have been very fortunate in my life and simply want to help those who have not been as lucky. I urge all those sitting down to a great family meal today to think about those who will not, then DONATE!

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I donate fairly regularly to the food bank, and would like to take the next step and volunteer on some kind of regular basis. I was able to take part in a gleaning a few summers ago, where I helped to harvest fresh vegetables, and really loved the experience. For me, being able to go to more gleanings would be a really enjoyable way to make a tangible impact in my community, and a great way to get more involved in a purely physical aspect. It is one of my goals for the upcoming summer, and by writing a review I hope to make it become a reality.

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

Fighting hunger, especially by avoiding food waste, is one of my favorite ways to make a difference in the world, and one in which I'd like to be more involved.

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

Increase public awareness of food waste, and increase opportunities to donate non-perishable items in several locations (to make it more likely that people not waste unwanted or ill-considered groceries!).

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a donor I appreciate the Pittsburgh Food Bank's ability to funnel such a high percentage of donations to the community. The website is very easy to use to make a donation, find information or volunteer. I have attended several different Pittsburgh Food Bank events such as a wine dinner at Eleven, Empty Bowl and several events where there are canned food donations encouraged. They get the donation word out in so many imaginative ways. All this being said the MOST IMPORTANT aspect of the Pittsburgh Food Bank is the THOUGHTFUL and RESPECTFUL way they serve the community. Thank you to all who support, in any way, our food bank.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a donor I looked at organizations that would put the money I give to help the most in need. The Gr. Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is the best at what they do. In these hard times they are serving more with limited resources. People that never thought they would be in trouble are being helped. I trust since the CEO is retiring that the Gr. Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will find the best person that will be a dedicated to carrying out the mission.

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

My seeing all the people they are feeding.

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

More locations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is absolutely amazing how well-run and organized the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is. Our community is truly blessed to have such a wonderful organization.

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satisfaction

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none

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was in high school, I met with the PR director of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to write a report on public relations. Not only did I learn more about PR, learned about the wonderful work they do. I have a been a volunteer or donor ever since. I know that the majority of money donated to the food bank goes directly to support their work. I am also very impressed with the way they communicate with me and the ways they make the issue of hunger known in the community. I am very proud to support this organization.

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

Picking food from a local farm.

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

I do not have any changes to recommend.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a California transplant to Pittsburgh and have been donating to the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for the last 3 years. I am very impressed with the fact that they are very organized and pro-active. I receive reminders when the need is anticipated to be higher than usual. It always nudges me to donate and is appreciated. I hope to find more ways to volunteer in the future and to get my grandchildren involved. They are a wonderful organization and I feel very deserving of your help.
Linda

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I work with a volunteer organization called CASA and many families I contact have received direct benefit of this organization

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

Request that there were more physical sites available to actually go to and volunteer in person closer to home.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I contribute 5% of our monthly income to the food bank because we believe in their work and the positive impact it has on the community. I also have volunteered there and saw how well the distribution center is organized from managing volunteers, to collecting and packaging the food, to preparing it for transport.

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

Seeing the impact on families.

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

Increase its funding. decrease the need for it.

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