Food is being made available to people who need it. Requirements may apply.
- Third Saturday Of The Month
- Zion Christian Church in Carrick operates the largest food pantry in Pittsburgh on the third Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. More than 200 households receive food.
Requirements:During the coronavirus, this food pantry has waived requirements. Usually a proof of income & address is required.
Location:2019 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
Phone:412-886-1864. They don’t always have someone in the church office but they check their phones regularly.
- Third Saturday Of The Month
- Stewart Avenue Lutheran Church in Carrick operates a food pantry on the third Saturday of the month from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Fresh vegetables, meats & non-perishable items are available to people of Carrick & Brentwood. Affiliated with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. A member of the South Hills Food Pantry Network. Collaborates with the Hunger Services Network for referrals & screening.
Requirements:Clients must meet the Federal Government Guidelines for poverty in need.
Location: 2801 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227.
- 24/7 – Take What You Need
- The Louisa Way Take What You Need program is a small outdoor (sheltered) pantry located on a wall in front of red fence between 501-510 Louisa Way. It is self serve – “take what you need” – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A selection of pasta, noodles, rice, canned vegetables & fruit, canned beans, canned meat, sauce, bread, ready to heat meals, peanut butter, hygiene, & cleaning products is “restocked several per week … offerings vary based on weather,” according to the organizer. No refrigerated or frozen items are provided except “when nature provides an outdoor fridge.” Bags are tied to the fence.
Location:At the rear of 437 Carl Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
- Food donations may be made directly to the pantry or on their front porch at 437 Carl Street.
- Fresh Fridays
- The Hilltop Alliance gives out Grab-N-Go boxes of produce and dairy products on the second Friday of the month in conjunction with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Location: St. John Vianney, 823 Climax Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
Eligibility: Hilltop residents who are on unemployment, or who receive food stamps, cash assistance, medical assistance, SSI, or Social Security Disability are generally eligible.
- Concord Presbyterian Church can provide food in an emergency. Canned goods, spaghetti sauce, tuna fish, hot dogs, chicken, chick peas, vegetables “and other items that a meal can be made out of,” according to the church’s Mission and Outreach Programs Chairperson, who said food is donated by people in the church and in the community.
Location: 1907 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
Contact: Emergency referrals may be made by the United Way’s PA 2‑1‑1 Southwest, through church members, or by calling the church directly at 412-882-1141.
- The Hilltop Family Care Connection focuses on child development. They provide group activities involving parents & children. As part of their program, food, formula, diapers or wipes may be made available. They are open & operating virtually.
Requirements: Call or email to inquire about their programs in general.
Location:1630 Arlington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.
- A diaper bank is held on the second Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Diapers for babies and toddlers three years old and under are distributed to those in need. A limited number of adult diapers are available. While it’s not food, people who need food may also need diapers.
Location: St Basil Church Hall, 1735 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210. The church hall is in the basement of the church.
The following distributions have ended
- February 26th
- Blessed Trinity will distribute 500 food boxes from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday, February 26, 2021 at St Albert the Great Church in Baldwin Borough. It is a drive by distribution – vehicles only. Food is available in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
Location:3198 Schieck Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15227.
Phone:412-884-7744 – advance registration is required.
Note On Terminology
For many people, the phrases “food bank” and “food pantry” have about the same meaning. For others, a food bank is like a warehouse that distributes food to local food pantries that give food directly to people. For some, food banks are for regular food pickups while pantries are for emergencies. This article uses the two phrases interchangeably, indicating whether a service is for regular pickups or emergencies.