Not Only Food

  • Christmas Toys: annually, we collect new toys, Christmas decorations, wrapping paper and adult gifts and present a "Christmas Store" to our clients. Each client is able to "shop" free of charge for gifts for their children and family members. The Toy Store has been a great hit over past years. In addition we have been able to provide each of our clients with gift cards for Christmas shopping each year through the generosity of our community.
  • Christmas Party: each year the food pantry hosts a Christmas party for several hundred clients. This is always a fun event for the clients as well as the volunteers. There is good food, music, crafts and games for the kids, and even a visit from Santa Claus with photos taken and donated by Walgreens!! Our party is always well attended and all who come have a good time!
  • Special Food Items: food items that don't fit into our standard food categories, but are welcome donations, are accumulated over several weeks. They are then placed in a "mini store" where our clients can select items that are not normally available. This is always a week that people look forward to. In addition, we receive "little or not so little" surprises from Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank on occasion. For example; last summer we received hundreds of unannounced watermelons that we were able to provide to our clients. We never quite know what may come in the door; but we appreciate it all and so do our clients.
  • Animal Food: we have teamed with Animal Friends to provide food for local cats and dogs in need through their Chow Wagon program. So far we have provided several thousand pounds of dog and cat food (and an occasional toy) to our clients' furry friends so that they can remain at home rather than in a shelter. The program has been a great success.
  • Cookout: an annual event (sponsored by one of our volunteers) is our summer mini cookout in the parking lot of the pantry. Hot Dogs, hamburgers and all the fixin's are served under a tent the day of food distribution. It is always well received and a fun time for both volunteers and clients.
  • Additional Resources: many of our volunteers have resources within the community that they call upon regularly to assist our clients with unique problems they may be facing.
  • Backpacks for Kids: the goal of the program is to allow every child to walk into our schools with his/her head held high, ready for the first day of school. Backpacks and supplies (K-12) have been donated over the past 13 years through many community facets. Supplies are collected year round. Backpacks are "stuffed" in the summer by area high school and college students for each registered student at the food pantry. In recent years, we have been distributing 200+ backpacks! Donations are accepted year round and can be dropped off at the pantry during open hours or by contacting the pantry. Any groups (such as scouts, youth groups, businesses, churches, etc.) needing more information, please contact the food pantry.
  • Senior Gift Bags: students from Moon Middle School obtain holiday gifts for all of our senior clients and place them in hand decorated bags. Each of our senior citizens receives a special gift bag for Christmas.
  • Easter Treat Bags: each Easter, children receive treat bags and each family receives a gift card when available for their extra Easter shopping.
  • Thanksgiving: dinner bags and baskets are assembled and donated by the Coraopolis United Methodist Church and the Clearview Credit Union. Each contains the items required for a complete Thanksgiving meal. In addition, many families receive a $15.00 Gift Card sponsored by the annual KDKA turkey drive.
  • Christmas Dinner Bags: dinner bags are assembled at the food pantry. Each contains the items required for a Christmas dinner. Many families also receive a gift card to help with extra holiday shopping.
  • Annual Coat Drive: Gently used coats are donated by the community and cleaned by Diane Cleaners. Each and every person who is a client of the food pantry comes and picks out a coat that will meet their needs. This has been a very successful program for our pantry. Coats can be dropped off at Diane Cleaners through the year. In 2013 more than 700 coats of all sizes were donated, cleaned and distributed.