We believe that every person deserves access to healthy food.
With that sentiment, we provide individuals and families with fresh fruits and vegetables, non-perishable food items, access to dairy products, and choices of meat or fish. Understanding that the food we eat affects our health, the food pantry focuses on low-sodium, low-sugar foods. We are one of the busiest food pantries in Allegheny County. Offered is a unique ‘shop around’ experience, where customers can select for themselves what they want to take home. This way clients leave with food they will be sure to use. Besides fighting hunger, our food pantry also offers nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, medication management consultation, nursing services, and sexual health resources to address a variety of medical needs.
The Food Pantry is open:
every Thursday from 3PM - 6PM, and
every Friday from 11AM - 2PM.
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Customers can access the pantry one time each month. If it is your first time to the CHS Food Pantry, please bring a valid form of identification. We also recommend bringing your own shopping bags to transport food, if you have them. We do re-use boxes from our food donations, however we do sometimes run out.
The CHS Food Pantry embodies two of our core values - Respect and Quality. We want to make sure those facing a hunger crisis are served quality, healthy food. We also treat everyone who visits the CHS Food Pantry with respect. Our space is intended to be a safe place without judgment for all staff, volunteers, and clients. We are all neighbors, so please visit us if you are facing a hunger crisis.
How the CHS Food Pantry impacted Pittsburgh in 2020:
—The pantry distributed 230 tons of fresh food from the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank to local families living in Allegheny County.
—Out of that 230 tons of food distributed, more than half of it was fresh produce (243,949 pounds).
—On average, 800 people visited the pantry each month.
—It cost less than $1.62 to provide a family of four with food from the pantry.
Our food pantry is almost entirely volunteer run. You can easily sign up for distribution hours through our Pittsburgh Cares page. Because of COVID, we are not scheduling volunteers, as we are trying our best to make the pantry a safe place for both staff and clients. We are also not taking physical donations. However, it takes less than $2 to provide food to an entire family, so please consider giving a monetary donation to the pantry so we can continue providing healthy food to local families in need.
Plug in your starting point here to learn the best bus route to get to the Food Pantry. There is a very small parking lot behind the Food Pantry, as well as minimal street parking in South Oakland available during distribution hours.