Around the holidays we get an overwhelming number of donations. Our Food Pantry was swimming in donations from food drives hosted by local congregations and business. Boxes and boxes of pasta and canned goods and baked goods. You name it, we had it. Thankfully, we have the beautiful new building with plenty of storage space to keep it all. We could even freeze some of the things to keep us going later this year, with our fancy walk-in freezer. Check out these photos of just a few of the generous gifts we received this holiday.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, again, collected non-perishable food and cash donations during their showings of It’s A Wonderful Life this holiday. Our drivers filled our cargo van with boxes of canned and boxed items for the food pantry.
The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science also holds a food drive for EECM during the holidays every year. They collect food and create bags containing the food for one entire meal for our Pantry families. This year they delivered 440 meals.
Every year during the High Holy Days, Temple Sinai collects boxes of pasta for our Food Pantry and the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. When the collection is over, the congregation builds a menorah out of the boxes. East Liberty Presbyterian Church gave our Food Pantry bags and bags and bags of food for Thanksgiving meals for our local families.
Whole Foods held a special appeal for us this year. Feed4More offered shoppers the opportunity to buy a $10 bag with food for a complete meal for four people.
Shadyside Presbyterian collected more than 100 bags of food at their Thanksgiving Eve service!
Our East Liberty Club One location always donates turkeys for our EECM families around Thanksgiving. This year there were about 25 turkeys which were distributed to families in our transitional housing programs, like FAITH and PennFree, and to families with youth in our in- and after-school programs.
With the move to Community House, we’ve changed our policies for accepting donations just a bit. The easiest thing for us to accept from donors is boxed food. This would be boxed pasta, macaroni and cheese, rice, instant mashed potatoes, etc. Call our office to coordinate a time to drop off your donations, if at all possible. Our staff is much more spread out now, and we need to make sure that the right folks are ready to get your generous donations in the right spots!