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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Food Banks & Pantries

Mission: The Wilkinsburg Community Ministry works to ameliorate the impact of food insecurity among our neighbors

Results: Monthly between 500-700 families seek help, representing over 1200-1500 individuals

Target demographics: food insecurity

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000 individuals--children, adults, seniors, veterans, homeless

Geographic areas served: Wilkinsburg, East Homewood, Edgewood, Swissvale, Park Place, Regent Square

Programs: *Regular food pantry, open 9-1 Monday through Friday. *Holiday food distributions (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, plus one more). Pre-registration required *Operation Backpack provides supplies for teachers and children in Wilkinsburg Schools and Wilkinsburg Public Library

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a "neighbor" of WCM, living little more than a handful of blocks away. I have been involved with them via our church's mission work, and through my volunteering for the Pittsburgh East CROP Walk, which also contributes to WCM. The people at WCM are clearly connected to their community, and are in tune with how WCM can serve their people. For example, I was motivated to donate and find other donors for school supplies after "catching" the enthusiasm and concern for that need from conversations with Carlos, WCM's Pantry Coordinator.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Not being a Pittsburgh native/resident, I was initially unfamiliar with Wilkinsburg Community Ministry. Through my work with the Pittsburgh East CROP Hunger Walk, which has supported WCM for many years, I have come to know of the good work they do to serve their neighbors in need in an area where the need is great. There are multiple ways you can support their good work from volunteering to simply donating, and I'd encourage you to consider looking into it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to work with the team at WCM in both my role as the Pittsburgh East CROP Hunger Walk coordinator, and as a member of the Waverly Presbyterian Church mission and outreach committee. The leadership, staff, and volunteers of WCM know the community and are effective at communicating the needs of those they serve.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This review from the Board of WCM is in response to the review below. WCM is here to welcome all clients, regardless of circumstance, serving 30,335 meals to over 70 senior citizens, 295 at-risk youth and providing hunger relief and urban survival services to 2,172 clients in Wilkinsburg, PA. Our goal is for our staff to treat everyone with fairness and courtesy. The WCM Board of Directors apologizes to "upsetresidentinneed" and hopes he/she knows he/she is welcome to visit us again.

We regret that any client would feel that they have been treated rudely or in any inappropriate manner when in need of WCM services. The Executive Director and Board are available to help anyone that feels they have been treated unfairly.

2

Client Served

Rating: 1

First off this place is located at 704 Wood St in Wilkinsburg, PA. This is a non- profit organization that is supposed to help the residents in need of some type of assistance. Now I can understand that people sometimes have bad days, but I had to call everyday just to be turned down and told to call back tomorrow. This lasted for 2 weeks until I finally just went in without calling. While I was interviewing and showing paperwork to the guy, who is also not to friendly but tolerable, I could hear the women turning down another resident in need. The service is unacceptable and unprofessional. The women that answers the phone is EXTREMELY RUDE, no customer service skills at all and her favorite line is "I dont know, try again tomorrow". The people that are recommended to go there are having financial difficulties and in most situations these are emergency circumstances, and they really dont care to keep turning down people knowing that the program funds run out rather fast.. If you are in this situation and are recommended to go there it may be worth the while to travel to another location.. Hopefully, God willing I will never be in this situation again but if so I will NOT be going back there.. And just a reminder the WOMEN IN THERE ARE HORRIBLY NASTY AND RUDE WITH THE WORST ATTITUDES EVER.. BEWARE YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!