Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank http://wesa.fm en Food Pantries Get Attention During the Holidays, But Need is Year-Round http://wesa.fm/post/food-pantries-get-attention-during-holidays-need-year-round <p>While the holidays remind many of the food needs of others and compel people to donate to food banks, Lisa Scales, executive director and CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, said need is not dependent on the calendar. In fact, she said summer can be a critical time for many families.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 21598 at http://wesa.fm When it Comes to Food Banks, Pittsburgh is a Tale of Two Cities http://wesa.fm/post/when-it-comes-food-banks-pittsburgh-tale-two-cities <p>The holiday season is always a busy time for food banks and food pantries as they try to provide the basics-and a few extras-for those in need.</p><p>With the recent reduction in the allocation of federal food stamps, many low-income people have fewer resources to put food on the table this holiday season.</p><p>As a consequence, there has been a surge in demand at local food banks and food pantries. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:30:23 +0000 Nick Frost 21669 at http://wesa.fm When it Comes to Food Banks, Pittsburgh is a Tale of Two Cities Local Impact of Budget Cuts to Supplemental Food Programs http://wesa.fm/post/local-impact-budget-cuts-supplemental-food-programs <p></p><p><strong>SNAP Loses Funding for the Poor</strong></p><p>Last month, for the first time in its history, <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/cuts-in-federal-food-benefits-mean-tightened-belts-for-residents-and-charities-alike/Content?oid=1715405">cuts were made</a> across America to the food-stamp program known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).</p><p>Pennsylvania's program has lost $183 million; for families and food banks, the impact can be felt most around the holidays.</p><p>Catherine Buhrig, Division Director in the Bureau of Policy for the PA Department of Public Welfare and Ken Regal, executive director of <a href="http://www.justharvest.org/">Just Harvest</a>, educate people and help them apply for SNAP benefits.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Buhrig sees firsthand the significance of <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/cutting-snap-benefits-not-snap-decision">these cuts</a> to those families that live under the poverty line.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:08:39 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21341 at http://wesa.fm Local Impact of Budget Cuts to Supplemental Food Programs Food Banks Plead for Piece of a Diminishing Federal Funding Pie http://wesa.fm/post/food-banks-plead-piece-diminishing-federal-funding-pie <p>Representatives of more than a dozen local food banks and other public service organizations made their annual plea to Pittsburgh City Council for <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/community-development/cdbg">Community Development Block Grant funding</a> on Tuesday.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/">Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank</a> asked for $200,000, which is consistent with what they received in years past.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:45:04 +0000 Liz Reid 20094 at http://wesa.fm How the Ancient Practice of Gleaning is Still Getting Food to the Needy http://wesa.fm/post/how-ancient-practice-gleaning-still-getting-food-needy <p>On a muggy Wednesday morning, before the sun has burned off the morning&rsquo;s clouds, Lionel Greenawalt drives across his 100-acre Westmoreland County farm<strong> </strong>to a field of sweet corn.<br /><br />While Greenawalt and his children pick an average of 400 dozen ears of corn each morning, at the moment, they have more corn than they can sell.<br /> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:39:07 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 16995 at http://wesa.fm How the Ancient Practice of Gleaning is Still Getting Food to the Needy Food Bank Hosts Hunger Discussion with State Lawmakers http://wesa.fm/post/food-bank-hosts-hunger-discussion-state-lawmakers <p>Streamlining the assistance process and making it more user-friendly were among the goals laid out when state policymakers and community leaders met Wednesday at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for a discussion about how to best combat hunger and poverty in Southwestern Pennsylvania.</p><p>House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said Representative Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) approached him earlier this summer about holding such an event.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:36:41 +0000 Liz Reid 15608 at http://wesa.fm Food Bank Hosts Hunger Discussion with State Lawmakers Free Meals Available to Children on Summer Vacation http://wesa.fm/post/free-meals-available-children-summer-vacation <p>Many students rely on free and reduced price meals during the school year and still need help over the summer.</p><p>In 2012, the Department of Agriculture served 2.3 million children at 38,800 sites on a typical summer day through the Summer Food Service Program.&nbsp;</p><p>Free meals are available at sites all over the country to anyone 18 and under, or 21 and under if disabled, according to Cindy Moore of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. People can go to any location — no registration or documentation is necessary.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:48:49 +0000 Charlee Song 10686 at http://wesa.fm As Farmers Markets Sprout Up, So Does Effort to Include Food Stamps http://wesa.fm/post/farmers-markets-sprout-so-does-effort-include-food-stamps <p>Farmers markets are opening all over the region with fresh, wholesome and affordable produce, and there are efforts to make sure everyone is able to share in the bounty. &nbsp;</p><p>Ken Regal, Executive Director of Just Harvest, said the 160,000 residents of Allegheny County on Food Stamps have often been unable to use them at farmers markets because vendors usually only accept cash.&nbsp;</p><p>This year, however, Just Harvest will staff kiosks at two Citiparks farmers markets where Food Stamps, as well as commercial debit and credit cards, can be used to buy tokens. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 18:46:04 +0000 Charlee Song 9867 at http://wesa.fm