Now serving Pitcairn and surrounding communities, the food pantry serves approximately 140 families a month. We distribute food weekly through a “self-serve” method, allowing participants to choose what they need for the week in their household. This method reduces waste of food that might not be something a client eats, can eat, can prepare, or knows how to prepare. We also can reduce the stigma attached to food pantries in that this is a “hand out”. By walking in our door people are asking for help. Our goal is to make this as stress free as possible because there is most likely already enough stress and crisis in their life.
As a partner of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB) we are part of the Healthy Pantry Initiative. We actively work towards finding ways to encourage and promote healthy food options. We provide low sodium options, fresh produce, recipe cards, meats, and dairy. As a bonus and a result of the self-serve method we have seen clients exchanging recipes or ideas of how to use produce that someone else has never used before. These moments are what drive us to continue to find ways to build community and bring us back to our core mission.
Our food comes primarily from the GPCFB but also donations from a variety of sources. If you are interested in donating food, please reach out to us to find how you can give an in effective way. If you have an idea for a food drive, we would love to be a part of that and can provide helpful tips that will serve both the community we serve and your drive in the most efficient way.
Our current operations allow us to be open every Monday (holidays are the exception) from 10 am to 7 pm. Our food pick ups happen on Friday mornings to supply our pantry with fresh produce and food. If you would like to get involved by either donating or volunteering, please click one of the buttons below. If you have questions, you can contact us at [email protected].