Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Produce to People Program at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Distributes Fruits and Vegetables to Households in Need at 16 Area Locations Per Month

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's Produce to People Program distributes fresh fruits and vegetables to thousands of households in need every month at 16 locations throughout the region. (See chart below.)

Produce to People is meant to complement food households receive from area food pantries, providing items the pantries cannot stock or move quickly. Produce to People is open to anyone in need of food, including those already receiving food from a pantry. CLICK HERE for a list of local food pantries.

Produce to People has one distribution per month at 16 different sites: McKees Rocks, Braddock, Homewood, North Side, McKeesport, Duquesne, Allegheny Valley, South Side, Waynesburg, West Greene County, Butler, Beaver Falls, Aliquippa, Johnstown, Dunbar, and New Castle. CLICK HERE for a map of area distribution sites.

Any Pennsylvania household can qualify for the distributions in one of three ways:
- If total household income is below 150% of the federal poverty level. CLICK HERE to view guidelines.
- Receiving Social Security Retirement, Disability, Unemployment benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, or SNAP benefits (Food Stamps).
- Experiencing a food emergency, whether because of a recent move, a power outage that knocked out your refrigerator, or any other reason.

CLICK HERE FOR P2P Distribution Site Locations
Qualified Pennsylvania residents from any location are welcome at any of the distributions. Registration is not limited by county, township or any other geographic factor. For example, a resident of Evans City might go to any of the distributions in Butler, New Castle, Beaver Falls or Aliquippa, or even Pittsburgh, if they are willing to travel that far and can’t make a distribution nearby.

Registration happens at the distributions. Documentation is not required. Upon registration, recipients will sign a legal document certifying that they qualify for the food and answer a few questions about household size and location.

Recipients may be leaving with up to 50 pounds of food, so they are asked to bring something to help carry it all away: a box, strong bags, or ideally a cart with wheels. No bags or boxes are provided. Also, please dress appropriately for standing outside for up to an hour, and please do not arrive more than an hour before each distribution. 

For up-to-date information about Allegheny County Produce to People distributions, call 412-460-3663 ext. 727.