Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank:
Remodeling for Efficiency
Opened in 1980 as the declining steel industry pushed the region’s unemployment rate to 18.2 percent. For nearly four decades and with 350 partner agencies, it has procured and distributed food, evolving as much as possible to address chronic hunger, poor nutrition, and the working poor, including 90,000 children, who regularly face food insecurity.
The food bank is undertaking a $20 million fundraising campaign to remodel its facility to optimize operations; make strategic program and network investments; and, once operational, eliminate the 59,000,000 meals that people in the region miss each year (known as the “meal gap”) because of financial and other circumstances.
With a focus on food and health, the new facility—a silver LEED building—will feature a model pantry that includes healthy alternatives and recipes; more community, volunteer, and office space to accommodate a 50 percent increase in employees; and expanded freezer capacity and new “cold food” loading docks to handle more produce and meats. A $3,000,000 Foundation grant will support these capital improvements that, in turn, will optimize the food bank’s operations and programs.