Sue Kerr wrote -
We need YOUR help to make the region's largest food pantry more accessible, more dignified and more responsive to the needs of our neighbors who rely on us.
The Northside Food Pantry is Pittsburgh's largest food pantry, serving seniors, veterans and families who live in the 15212, 15214 and 15233 Zip Codes. Operated by Northside Common Ministries, it is one of the only pantries in Pittsburgh to offer a supermarket-style experience for those it serves, a more dignified approach that gives those in need a choice over what they receive.
This fundraiser is focused on a necessary renovation effort to make the pantry more accessible, safer and more efficient. The "reramp" includes replacing existing ramps, shelving, tables, storage units and more to double the number of people being served and help them return to their families or work as quickly as possible.
Architectural plans were donated by a member of the community. Other community members are willing to lend their time and talent for some of the work tasks. Funds raised will help pay for the necessary professional work and the purchase of equipment such as industrial kitchen shelving.
NCM closes the pantry for a very brief period in August each year to conduct inventory and make other necessary repairs. It is vital that we complete all renovations during this period of time to avoid any further disruption to food distribution for our neighbors. Back to school and the changing seasons often create more financial stress for families, making food pantries a critical resource.