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Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

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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. In Fiscal Year 2015, community support allowed the Food Bank to: • Serve 110,000 people each month; and • Distribute more than 22 million meals across 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. 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

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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 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!

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.