Food Pantry of CHS


Our Goal: The pantry’s goal is to provide food to families and individuals who need it the most. The pantry also connects people to additional community resources while encouraging them to connect with their neighbors and become advocates for themselves and their community.

What We Do: The Oakland Community Pantry provides food and resources to people in need who are living in the Pittsburgh area.

Who We Serve: The Oakland Community Pantry serves anyone who meets the income guideline of 150 percent of poverty level — $17,505 per year for an individual or $35,775 per year for a family of four.

Impact of the Program: A family of three receives approximately $92 worth of groceries from the pantry. Money saved helps struggling families pay for utilities, school supplies, medical care, clothing and/or public transportation.

History: For several years, CHS saw an increase in food insecurity among program participants and neighbors. In 2009, CHS founded the Oakland Community Pantry in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

How to Apply: Anyone who meets the poverty guidelines can come to 370 Lawn Street for food distribution, which takes place Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please bring empty bags if you have them and some form of identification. If you have any questions about what forms of identification are accepted or anything else about the program, please call Mel at 412-246-1688. We welcome people in all circumstances to join us for the food distribution.

Who We Partner With: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the University of Pittsburgh

For More Information Please Contact:
Mel Cronin
CHS Oakland Community Pantry
370 Lawn Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213