Monthly Archives: March 2020

March 2020

EECM Donated Items Wishlist

We are committed to staying open and distributing essential meals and groceries to vulnerable individuals during the COVID-19 situation. Our services are needed now more than ever, but we need help to keep up with the increased demand for our services.

Please consider helping out by donating food and goods to EECM. If you need some guidance, listed below are our greatest needs at this moment.

2020 FOOD PANTRY NEEDS:

Canned tomato
sauceSpaghetti and
macaroni pastaInstant mashed
potatoesCanned soupsCanned fruits in
waterOatmeal and whole
grain cerealsMac & Cheese
boxesWhite and brown
rice

2020 COMMUNITY KITCHEN NEEDS:

Ziploc bags, any
sizeNapkinsPaper towelsBrown paper bags,
for bagged lunchesTake out boxes60 gallon trash
bags

We can accept donations at EECM from 8AM-2:30PM, Monday-Friday, at the loading dock on the Harvard Street side of Community House. Ring the bell outside of the door for assistance. Call Nikki Baverso, Community Nutrition Services Manager & Chef at 412-345-7140 for any questions regarding donations.

Please note that EECM WILL NOT ACCEPT expired or opened food items.

East End Cooperative Ministry Adjusts Meals and Food Distribution and Seeks Community Assistance

March 16, 2020

At EECM we have been closely monitoring the changing situation and as of this morning, in accordance with the recommendation of the CDC and the Allegheny County Health Department we are taking all necessary precautions to keep our food insecure clients, staff, volunteers and residents safe as we continue serving community hot meals and groceries through our pantry.

EECM is following the social distancing recommendations from the CDC and The Allegheny County Health Department by implementing the following changes:

Community Lunch:  Our daily community lunch from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. will not be served in our dining room but rather as take-out only.  Volunteers and staff will wear gloves and follow proper handling of take-out meals.  Clients can pick up take-out bagged hot lunches and other food items at Entrance G of EECM’s building.

Food Pantry Distribution: Our food pantry will remain open but clients will not be able to enter the pantry, given social distancing and safety requirements.  Staff and volunteers will fill bags with a variety of food items that will be handed to clients as they arrive.

At this time, because of the increased need for food and meal distribution for those who can’t afford to go to supermarkets to stock up during this health emergency, EECM requests monetary donations to our agency at eecm.org/give.  As of now, our number of generous volunteers remains adequate but that could change and we thank any and all healthy volunteers for helping us serve our most vulnerable neighbors. If you’re interested in volunteering, go to our website at eecm.org and click on the volunteer’s registration.

In addition, due to increased need we are also hoping to receive the following donated items:

Bottled WaterCanned tomato sauce, vegetables, beansSpaghetti […]