The Pittsburgh Foundation http://wesa.fm en 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 Pittsburgh Foundation Accepting Donations For Local Food Banks http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-foundation-accepting-donations-local-food-banks <p>Blame it on the weather, the government or the economy, but demand for food assistance programs is increasing fast, according to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.</p><p>The local charity, which serves more than 110,000 people a year, saw a 40 percent increase in food demand compared to last November, and the Westmoreland County Food Bank saw a 13 percent increase.</p><p>That’s despite Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate falling from 7.3 percent to 6.7 percent over the last 12 months.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:26:51 +0000 Michael Lynch 21145 at http://wesa.fm Day of Giving Brings In $5.8 Million, Down $1.3 Million http://wesa.fm/post/day-giving-brings-58-million-down-13-million <p>The Pittsburgh Foundation was taking donations for local nonprofit organizations Thursday down to the last second — literally.</p><p>More than $5.8 million was donated to about 700 nonprofits as part of the Day of Giving, down roughly 18 percent from last year.</p><p>The annual event, now in its fifth year, tries to highlight the region’s charitable initiatives.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:16:22 +0000 Michael Lynch 17633 at http://wesa.fm