Finally, it seems the real spring is here, and we are enjoying some warmer days. That’s good news for the new Natrona Heights Produce to People direct distribution, which began May 10th. The location we were able to secure for the distribution is outdoors, but we decided to get it going, and continue to look for an indoor location for the winter months. If you know of an organization in that area that would consider partnering with the Food Bank on this project, please let us know.
At the staff meeting on May 4, we reviewed our year’s goals for distribution and fundraising, and I am pleased to say we are on target. This news is even more welcome than the sunny days, but it comes with a caveat. The Food Bank was actually running a little ahead of fundraising goals, but whatever additional funds we gathered over the holidays have already been spent on food and transportation. I don’t need to tell you that the prices of both have been on the rise.
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2011 Pittsburgh Blues Festival Line Up
The line-up for the 2011 Pittsburgh Blues Festival is final, and preparations are beginning in earnest. We are thrilled at the musical quality of this year’s bands, led by the hottest husband wife blues band to ever come down the pike: the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
The 2011 line-up also includes the legendary Johnny Winter, Savoy Brown, Tommy Castro, Lionel Young, John Nemeth and the 2011 Girls with Guitars tour. Friday’s theme is “Girls Night Out” and will feature Janiva Magness and Kelly Richey. Remember that Friday’s admission is free with the donation of a bag of nonperishable groceries for the Food Bank. Last year more than 20,000 pounds of food was collected!
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Special Guests & Activities Planned for Anniversary Event
Plans are coming together quickly for the 30th Anniversary celebration here at the warehouse on June 7th. So many people have come forward to participate in the day’s activities!
The Food Bank is thrilled to announce that Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland will both attend the Interfaith breakfast that will start the day at 8:00 am. These two spiritual leaders embody the interfaith concept. Bishop Zubik received the Pursuer of Peace Award at Rodef Shalom last year for his interfaith efforts, and in January Rabbi Bisno received a papal medal at a ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral for his interfaith work for peace and justice. The two also traveled together on a Pursuer of Peace pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land last November.Read more »
Reminder for this Weekend!
Eek! Reminder postcards for the Letter Carriers Food Drive this Saturday were not sent by the postal service this year, so we need your help! Please remember to put out a bag of non-perishable groceries by your mailbox on Saturday (May 14) before your regular mail delivery. And please help us spread the word! Let's do the Letter Carriers proud!
Fun Facts: What can $25 buy? A week's worth of Starbucks, two movie tickets, a bottle of wine? Not much! But small gifts to the Food Bank really add up - so far this year we raised over $356,000 from gifts of $25 or less! Donate today and make a big difference.
Blues Volunteers: As a fundraiser for the Food Bank, the Pittsburgh Blues Festival relies on the support of over 650 volunteers. We have a variety of positions available, but they go quickly, so register today!
Your donations are going directly to feed the hungry. The official registration and financial information of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.