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Essential Pittsburgh
2:30 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

When it Comes to Food Banks, Pittsburgh is a Tale of Two Cities

In response to greater demand on local food banks, Pittsburgh Foundation launched a community-wide appeal for food pantries in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.
Credit DrivingtheNortheast / Flickr

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.

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.

As a consequence, there has been a surge in demand at local food banks and food pantries.

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Community
3:26 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Pittsburgh Foundation Accepting Donations For Local Food Banks

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.

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.

That’s despite Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate falling from 7.3 percent to 6.7 percent over the last 12 months.

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Economy & Business
1:16 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Day of Giving Brings In $5.8 Million, Down $1.3 Million

The Pittsburgh Foundation was taking donations for local nonprofit organizations Thursday down to the last second — literally.

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.

The annual event, now in its fifth year, tries to highlight the region’s charitable initiatives.

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