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July 2014

Letter From Lisa

Lisa at BluesTwenty years ago, on a warm July evening, singer KoKo Taylor, Chicago’s “Queen of the Blues,” walked onto the Riverplex stage at Sandcastle. With her mighty voice and backed by her blues band, she ignited the audience and helped launch the first Pittsburgh Blues Festival, raising $8,000. As we approach our 20th anniversary Festival, we look back with pride and gratitude on the rich history of this event and see so much to celebrate: twenty years, 287 bands, enthusiastic, growing audiences and two million dollars raised for the Food Bank. To celebrate these 20 years, we are challenging our community to help us raise 20 tons of food for Free Friday. You can even do this now here! Read more »

Summer Feeding Program Spotlight

GROW CampFor most children, summer is a time for freedom and fun. School days give way to long summer days filled with warmth and sunshine, with time for swimming, playing and having fun with friends and family. But for one in four children in America, the summer sunshine is dimmed by a harsh reality: hunger.  Read more »

Happy Anniversary Pittsburgh Blues Festival!

20th Year Blues LogoIt may seem hard to believe, but this year’s festival marks the 20th annual, joyful summer celebration of music and community. The most popular and productive of the Food Bank’s fundraising events, the Blues Festival has generated a grand total of two million dollars, and that money has helped feed thousands of hungry people across southwestern Pennsylvania over the course of two decades.  Read more »

Sneak Preview: The Food Bank is Getting a New Website!

Website Redesign WorkshopIn September, the Food Bank will launch a brand new website! We can hardly wait for the new site to be up and running, and we are immensely grateful to Brad and Melissa Frost, website designers extraordinaire, who have donated their top-of-the-line services to us. The Frosts are well regarded in the world of web design and have impressive resumes; both have had great success in the advertising and marketing industries in New York, with numerous international corporate clients including Macy’s, Tiffany’s, Nike, Time Inc. and others. Read more »

VISTA Volunteers: In Service to the Food Bank

AmeriCorps VISTA logoIt’s a match made in heaven: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Americorps/VISTA program. Five years ago, these two organizations joined forces in a formidable partnership that has produced tremendous benefits for both. For the Food Bank, it means having a complement of highly talented, energetic VISTA volunteers to enhance the work of the staff, primarily through projects that help partner agencies build capacity. Read more »

Dream Cream Ice Cream Scoops Up Support for the Blues Festival

Dream Cream logoEverybody loves ice cream! But Thomas Jamison, owner of Dream Cream Ice Cream, takes his passion for ice cream one step (one scoop?) further: he dreams in ice cream, and his dream helps others – including the Food Bank! Dream Cream Ice Cream is a non-profit ice cream parlor, located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh on Liberty Avenue. It’s an ice cream parlor with an unusual twist: each flavor on the menu is matched for one month to an organization, group or individual that is seeking to raise funds for a special cause or event. “We fund dreams, large or small,” says Jamison. “Whether it’s the Blues Festival or a family that needs help with medical expenses, anyone can apply.” Read more »

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Upcoming Events:

July 25-27: Pittsburgh Blues Festival

August 24: Phipps Conservatory Red, Ripe and Roasted 

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Language for inclusion of the Food Bank in your will should read as follows:"I/We give the sum of $_____ to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 North Linden Street, Duquesne, PA 15110 to be used or disposed of as it deems appropriate in its sole discretion."

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In order for a family to qualify for the PA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), they must be at or below 130 percent of the poverty line.  Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank serves up to 150 percent. 

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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.

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