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Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries

Mission: The mission of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is to feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger. We are a proud member of Feeding America. The Food Bank leadership and board of directors have a shared vision of a hunger-free southwestern Pennsylvania.

Results: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank exists because growing numbers of people in our community struggle with meeting a basic human need – food. The challenge of food insecurity in our community continues to grow and can be experienced by anyone, regardless of age, sex, race, creed or even employment status. Recently, we have seen an alarming increase in the number of employed people who are in need of food assistance. We invite you to join us in making a difference in the lives of our neighbors who need us most. Your generous donation will make a meaningful difference in the lives of the families, children and seniors who have nowhere else to turn for their most basic human need -- to put food on their table.

Target demographics: feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger.

Geographic areas served: 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania

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community outreach and education: focused on connecting the public to the mission of the food bank and bringing attention to issues of hunger and poverty, while emphasizing the value of community service. Our outreach and education programs include:* advocacy: the food bank uses various strategies to mobilize the public to speak out about the impact of hunger on individuals and families and to encourage elected officials to support public policies that strengthen and protect important nutrition assistance programs. These strategies include the use of social media, sending action alert emails, encouraging individuals to meet in person with their elected officials and/or staff, call-in days and letter writing campaigns. * marketing and communications: responsible for understanding the audiences with whom the food bank is communicating, creating relevant and compelling messaging those groups find valuable and delivering that messaging through a variety of communications channels. * education: staff, board members and volunteers engage members of community groups, schools and universities, congregations, businesses and other affiliations in activities that raise awareness about food bank's mission to feed people in need and mobilize the community to eliminate hunger. Volunteer program: the food bank engages volunteers from all sectors of the community including corporations, school groups, church groups as well as the private sector who provide clerical support, sort and package food donations, assist with food distributions, help with snap (food stamps) applications, as well as support events, third party food/fund drives and rescuing fresh food from local farms. Throughout 2016-17, 4,700 volunteers contributed more than 61,000 hours to support the food bank's mission. These hours are the equivalent of 30 full-time employees.

Community Stories

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a partner with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB). Every encounter I have ever had with one of their representatives has been a positive experience. Employees are passionate about what they do and are knowledgeable and eager to help. All trainings provided are top notch and worth the time.

Suzanne Schnur F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so proud that such a phenomenal nonprofit organization exists in my city. The greater Pittsburgh community Food Bank services so many people and increases their quality of life. Accessibility to food is so important and the food bank makes this happen treating their members with dignity and respect!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

About the food distribution locations the food bank rather let people to be pushed, shoved and assaulted or be intimidated to where they got no food source.

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cirwinbuncher 07/26/2018

We are sorry to read that you had a poor experience at a food distribution. That is unacceptable and we would like to learn more about your experience to ensure we take corrective action to ensure a safe and respectful experience. Please contact us at info@pittsburghfoodbank.org. Please provide as much information as possible (location of distribution, type of distribution, etc) so we can improve.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This photo was taken in California at Pilgrim Terrace Cooperative Homes. We are a 501(c)3 and have been serving the general public for over 30 years. The person in the photo is one of our residents and it was taken in California at our property.
We serve 120 meals, free of charge, every day and donate the nutrient rich produce we grow in aeroponic towers from Juice Plus to the local food bank. We invite those who may be interested in our non profit to visit www.pilgrimterrace.org and donate to our non profit as well as others.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with a group from my organization. It was amazing to see the amount of work that they do to accomplish their mission! It was an eye-opening experience, and the services they provide our community is invaluable. Great job!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very food. Much good. Wow. 10/10 would recommend

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered out at the Food Bank for several years now. It has always been a wonderful experience, with a great team who is extremely helpful, and knowing that you are making a difference for someone's life! We have done assembly lines, repacking everything from cereal to frozen chickens, and sorted donations coming from all over. I will keep coming as long as I can stand!

1 Betsy25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

1 Therese H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for GPCFB as often as I can. They are a great organization that provides aid to individuals and food banks. I am proud to serve them. Every volunteer experience I've had has been very, very well organized, but still fun. I've done Produce To People, repacking, the Fall Food Drive, and collecting donations at the Holiday Market in Pittsburgh. I highly recommend volunteering with and/or donating to them. Very rewarding!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This review reflects my experience with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank while conveying the positive impact it has had upon me on a personal level. I have volunteered periodically at the Food Bank mainly within the repacking and Produce to People efforts. I have also attended a tour and presentation and have helped individuals link to this resource through past employment posts. In addition, I have donated, when able, to this organization as I identify with its' purpose.

I read the newsletter communications regularly and I do believe that the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has established themselves in many events and happenings to extend the mission in the local community. I do believe that this is probably one of the best ways for the organization to meet its goals as it reaches donors in an indirect manner, for example, reduced admission fee(s) with donation of goods, etc. As a person who has worked with individuals with needs, my only concern is that policies and procedures continue to be adhered to and that people that do receive resources are the ones that truly need it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the food bank for about three years. It is a great asset to the Greater Pittsburgh Area and it is always searching for new ways to reach the people who need its services. The staff is made up of people whose primary concern is serving the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been serving at the food bank in a volunteer capacity for almost 3 years. I found them to be an organization that manages its funds very well and makes themselves a part of the Pittsburgh community. I always feel like I've done something very useful when I leave to go home. I love helping them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer with the food bank for approximately 4 years, and it has been time very well spent. Their volunteer coordinators are engaging, and maintain excellent contact with the volunteers, and their distributions are always very organized. Best of all, is that I get the opportunity to witness first hand what my time contributes to, and to recognize the impact that I may have on someone else's life. I thank the food bank for giving me the opportunity to serve my community in this way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of the GPCFB speaker's bureau I have had an opportunity to visit some of the agencies that the food bank supports, to help distribute food directly to people that need help with feeding their families, and to provide information to children and adults about how widespread poverty and hence food insecurity is in our region as well as in all of our country.
My experience has shown me that GPCFB is an excellent well-run organization that is providing a critical service to help families that are struggling just to get by. It's shocking that, in the United States of all places, so many people suffer from hunger. I have learned that the dedicated people of GPCFB do a terrific job in helping to mitigate that problem.

Rick32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the foodbank through my employer(University of Pittsburgh) for about 8 years. It only takes a few hours a month but the look of appreciation on the faces of the individuals standing in line for food to feed their families is heartwarming. It makes me look forward to retirement when I can spend more time there. It also makes me realize how fortunate I am to be in a position to help them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at the food bank since I retired six years ago. Usually I repackage food, but I don't really know until I get there, which is fine by me. I've met many caring employees and volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Selective Insurance Company of America provides employees with a paid day off each year in order to provide community service to an organization of the employees choice. A group of employees have used the last four years to donate their time to this organization. They make sure that their volunteers know the purpose of the organization by taking time to discuss the services that they provide and tour the facility. The projects the volunteers are involved with make an immediate impact to those in need. One can only feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day knowing what you've done has helped touched many lives. Pittsburgh is lucky to have The Greather Pgh Community Food Bank care about those in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Foodbank runs a program called Produce to People that provides fresh produce and other items (meat and some canned goods) directly to people who need it at distribution events around the area. My son and I volunteered for the program several years ago through my work. I was super impressed by the program. It was well run and kept a large team of volunteers busy and productive. The program provided volunteers with an opportunity to interact with people getting food. Overall it was great experience and both my sons and I have been a regular volunteers since then. The people from the foodbank are great for this program -- sincere and knowledgeable of the program but low-key and never righteous. I really value this experience. In my time volunteering, I have been impressed over and over by the basic goodness of all people. The clients help each other because they can and because others need it. I have watched neighbors help each other get food. I have seen strangers give each other rides to the program. People take care of each other -- family, friends, neighbors and at time strangers -- because it is what people do. I always feel extremely fortunate to get to be just one more person helping out.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became aware of the food bank 9 years ago when our Girl Scout Troop toured the facilities. We returned a short time later to repack food items. For Several years I would attend volunteer events with my troop, family or by myself. We see so many children in our community that are hungry and if just a few hours a month can help someone in need it will always be time well spent. They are well organized and ready to go, all we have to do is reserve that we are coming and show up.

Marge D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been volunteering with this organization for a few shot months,but have been welcomed and have been welcomed whole heatedly. The neatest thing I've done so far for this organization is to help with produce to people and they partnered up with Grow Pittsburgh to pass out seedlings, starter plants, and even buckets of soil to help the needy try to grow some vegetables for themselves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization with great people! They're very efficient with volunteer's time & energy.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Greater Pittsburgh food bank provides many different opportunities to help collect food, distribute food and help with fund raising activities. I have volunteered to pick vegetables at local farms, help at distribution centers and serve at fund raising events, such as the blues festival. The events have always been well organized and details well thought out by the staff. That makes for an enjoyable experience for volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The food bank engages its volunteers with individual and group oppertunities, at the main facility, local pantries, and collection sites, and at special events. They attempt to be innovative with their volunteer communications, and activities, while serving the community's food needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This service is great. As a volunteer you are always working, time is productive, you never sit and wait. We see the outcome of our time put in. Food is important to all and we see how is helps all our families. My husband and I both volunteer and will continue to do so.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here in the past. The people at the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank do everything they can to help serve the community. They are generous and respectful to all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I try to volunteer at least once a month at the food bank's Produce to People (P2P) distribution. It is an amazing experience and it means so much to be able to connect with the individuals that you are helping to serve. It is an unbelieveavble feeling to know that you can have an impact on the community by volunteering with such a great organization. The staff is fantastic and the food bank is an invaluable resource in our community.

Sara77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our company volunteers once a year with the Food Bank and tries to be involved in the other community outreach programs they run. They are a 1st class organization and make a real difference in our city!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the great pleasure of voulnteering with this great organization. It's very moving to see the outpouring of support from the volunteers and to meet the people benefiting from the GPCFB's great work. I cannot wait to do more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great staff, easy to work along side! The Food Bank does so many wonderful things for the community. It's an honor to serve the people with this agency. - Alana D., Morningside

Erin43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is a spectacular organization to volunteer with, because they conduct many different engaging events connecting those in needs with the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the Pittsburgh Food Bank staff has been one of the great experiences in my life. I retired wanting to do something with meaning in my life. I wanted to give back. But the surprise, there are so many doing more than I had ever imagined. I became the coordinator of a local food pantry with about 110 families, we have since, thru the help of the Pittsburgh Food Bank, grown to several hundred.
The help and support provided insured our success. The advise, continuous follow up through Sue Smith and Sherry Gilchrist and their staff have been instrumental in our growth and our service to so many in our community. We are so thankful each and every month that we can learn from their experts, we can continue to grow and give to our community the help they so desperately need, and we have a support system in place for every problem and need. I just cannot say "thank you, thank you, thank you" enough!