All of our neighbors deserve nutritious food to lead healthy lives.
The Grow Share Thrive campaign will expand access to more nutritious food for more families in more places, with a focus on those with the highest needs.
This video takes you on a journey from where we started, to where we are today and where we need to be tomorrow to ensure ALL our neighbors have enough to eat.
“This food makes a big difference because now we have different things we can make a meal out of. Instead of just making macaroni and cheese or just burgers, with this food I can make an actual meal. We also get a lot of fruit and vegetables, which all of my kids love.” – SARAH
Neighbors in Need
In southwestern Pennsylvania, 1 in 6 of our neighbors does not have enough food to be healthy and thrive.
That means nearly 370,000 people – including more than 112,000 children – experience food insecurity on a regular basis. The need in our region has increased dramatically due to the effects of COVID-19. Individuals and families who never imagined asking for a helping hand are coming to the Food Bank for the first time. People and neighborhoods most vulnerable to food insecurity – especially communities of color and groups such as children, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and people in rural communities – need our support more than ever to ensure they have a steady source of fresh and healthy food.
Due to COVID-19, our region has seen a 42 percent increase in food insecurity since 2018.
Source: Feeding America, 2020 food insecurity rate
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With your help, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of our neighbors.
Stepping Up to the Challenge
Together with our partners, we will work to end hunger and its root causes across our region.
Become more responsive, delivering more services when and where people need them.
Expand equitable access to fresh produce and other nutritious foods.
Move beyond food to help individuals and families access the social and health services needed to get back on their feet.
Invest in technology and systems to better understand racial and social inequality.
From 2016 to 2020, the number of meals distributed by Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank increased by 8.4 million. Thanks to Grow Share Thrive, distribution will increase another 8.2 million meals by 2025.
Source: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
“A lot of working families are in need. A lot of elderly people. A lot of veterans. And people that maybe are working that have circumstances beyond their control. It’s not hard to get behind.” – LEE ANN, COMMUNITY PARTNER
View the Spring 2021 Grow Share Thrive Impact Report
Improve and expand our facility by 30,000 square feet
Increase overall distribution of food by 66%
Boost fresh fruits and vegetables to 50% of all food we distribute
Broaden community support and engagement
Extend our network of community partners
Support our partners to better serve the community
Prioritize convenient access to food
Expand current programs to new locations
Promote independence and choice
Offer recipes and classes on healthy cooking
Provide more outreach and referrals to critical services
Leadership Investors $250k+
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor
Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth Financing Authority and Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County
Eden Hall Foundation
Fred and Shirley Jordan Foundation
GBU Financial Life
Hilda M. Willis Foundation
Jack Buncher Foundation
Jefferson Regional Foundation
Peoples Natural Gas
PNC Bank Rural Development Partners
Richard King Mellon Foundation
The Henry Hillman Foundation
UPMC and UPMC Health Plan