There are a number of food banks in Allegheny County, PA. We’ve selected and featured 10 of them below.
1. North Hills Food Bank
Members of the Hiland Presbyterian Church began distributing food from the North Hills Food Bank more than 40 years ago and they continue their mission today. The food bank is open twice per week to serve those in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and its surrounding areas by providing shelf staples to help feed local families. The congregation works with volunteers, generous members of the community, and other food banks to help all they can with food insecurities.
Volunteers and donors are always welcome and appreciated. Feel free to get in touch with someone at the church to learn more about this food outreach program.
2. CHS Food Pantry
Community Human Services (CHS) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was founded by volunteers in 1972 to address the needs of the less fortunate in their community. One of the services they offer is nutrition assistance through their food pantry. The pantry is open two days each week to provide boxes of non-perishable and perishable food to those in need. Each household can visit once per month to receive a suitable allotment for their family size.
If you are interested in joining the volunteers that run this organization or would like to donate to the cause, you can do so on their website. Contact information is available if you have questions.
3. NHCO Food Pantry
If you are seeking food in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, or one of the towns in the surrounding area, North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) has you covered. This outreach is a collective effort of local ministries dating back to 1986. The pantry allows you to receive one monthly distribution of up to five days’ worth of fresh, frozen, boxed, and canned foods designed to provide extra items that can stretch your existing food budget further. They also offer fresh vegetables from their community garden when in season.
Anyone wanting to get involved or donate can do so online. Contact a member of staff for assistance or information.
4. Feeding the Flock Food Pantry
Feeding the Flock Food Pantry has grown considerably since its founder, Jim Adams, first began grilling food for the public and passing it out on the streets of Cheswick, Pennsylvania in the late 1980s. He would later join forces with various religious entities in the city to create what is now a full-fledged food pantry capable of feeding thousands of residents. Each household is provided a pre-boxed assortment of non-perishable and perishable food tailored to the size of their family. The pantry is open once per week and allows two visits per month or three on a month that has five weeks.
Care to donate or volunteer? Visit their website for information on how to get involved or get in contact to learn more.
5. Allegheny Valley Salvation Army
Since 1880, the Salvation Army has been around to help the downtrodden in its communities. The Allegheny Valley Salvation Army in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania carries on this tradition of lending a hand to those dealing with food insecurity. Their food pantry provides monthly allotments of food to those who qualify, while their soup kitchen prepares simple to-go lunches for anyone needing a quick meal to sustain them.
You can apply to volunteer or donate directly on their website. Contact the organization’s staff to learn more about what they have to offer or to learn more about how you can help.
6. Natrona Community Pantry
The Natrona Community Pantry is a free self-service pantry located in Natrona Community Park in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania. The small wooden pantry was a gift from residents Bob and Michele Plocki in 2020. It has since been maintained and replenished by Building Block of Natrona, which restocks it daily with donations from the public and partnerships with local businesses. Anyone in need of food can visit the pantry at any time—it never closes.
Anyone wanting to get involved or donate is invited to do so online. Contact a member of staff for any other questions you may have about their program.
7. Rosedale Food Pantry
More than 30 years ago, the congregation at East Pittsburgh Church in Verona, Pennsylvania began reaching out to their community by offering them a hand up. Their outreach program continues to provide for those not only in their community but those in surrounding areas through the Rosedale Food Pantry. Recipients are allowed two visits per month during which they are given pre-loaded boxes of perishable and non-perishable items for their tables.
Want to donate or sign up as a volunteer? Visit the pantry online. You will also find their contact information there if you would like to learn more.
8. God’s Provision Food Pantry
Need help with food insecurity in Verona, Pennsylvania? Since they opened their church, parishioners at New Vision Community Church have been assisting anyone in need of help. They operate God’s Provision Food Pantry, an outreach program run by the church and volunteers. The pantry is open one day each week and allows each recipient to receive one distribution per month without income or proof of residency requirements. The groceries they provide come from donations from the church and the community.
You can join in or donate to this ministry’s outreach online. Contact a church staff member to get more information.
9. Bridgeville Community Food Bank
The Bridgeville Community Food Bank is an outreach program started by Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. They open their pantry doors once per month to distribute boxes of perishable food items donated by or purchased with funds provided by the public. They do not require proof of income or residency to aid those suffering from food insecurity, instead choosing to make themselves available to all who are in need.
The pantry is primarily operated by church members, but volunteers and donations are always a welcome gesture. Contact the church if you would like to know more.
10. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank began its operations in the summer of 1980. This volunteer run food warehouse in Duquesne, Pennsylvania serves many of the mobile pantries, stationary pantries, and food nutrition programs in their area. They partner with Feeding America to reclaim or purchase food which is stored and then delivered to smaller distribution points across nearly a dozen surrounding counties in their state.
If you are interested in supporting their efforts to fight hunger, you can volunteer or donate via their website. Contact the food bank for more assistance or information.
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