December 8, 2023

2023 Food Resources

Organizations around the Greater Pittsburgh area are providing food distributions and pantry resources to serve those needing assistance through December 2023.

(This article was updated on December 8, 2023 to reflect the latest distribution events and schedules).


Food Distribution Events

Walk-In Food Distribution at The Hub

The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center, 7219 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15208 | 12 – 5 p.m.

Visit The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center every Monday from 12 – 5 p.m. to receive free food items, including sandwiches, fruit, baked goods, and more!

Participants may pick up a variety of perishable food items on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. This food distribution is walk-in only. Food items are provided by 412 Food Rescue.

Visit Trying Together’s events webpage to view The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center food distribution schedule.

For more information, call The Homewood Early Learning Hub & Family Center at 412.545.5039.

Veterans Leadership Program Pittsburgh Military Share Food Distribution

2934 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15201 | 12 p.m. – until supplies are gone.

All veterans in need of food are welcome.

For more information, email

Community Human Services (CHS) Food Pantry Distribution

370 Lawn Street, Pittsburgh, Pa, 15213

Food consists of bread, pastries, bottled water, dairy items which include butter, cheese, milk, and eggs, household goods such as paper towels, pet food (cats/dogs), fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, canned goods, pasta, and meat options which include pork, turkey, fish, and beef.

There are no income eligibility requirements to access this pantry. Walk up distribution only. No delivery. The only requirement to access the pantry is to complete a brief demographic intake form which can be completed on the day. Intake forms do not ask for ID or immigration status. 

Any questions can go directly to the head of the pantry at or 412.246.1639.

Islamic Center of Pittsburgh Food Distribution

4100 Bigelow Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213 | Saturday, 12/16 | 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The food pantry is open for walk-ins every third Saturday of each month.

Please register for a box from the food pantry prior to arrival. The registration form opens on the last week of each month and closes on the first week of the new month.

For more information, email or text us at 412.206.1993.

Baldwin Community UMC Lord’s Pantry

5001 Baptist Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15236 | Friday, 12/15 (a week earlier due to Christmas)| 12 – 2:30 p.m.

This is a drive through food distribution held on the fourth Thursday of the month in the church circle. Please do not arrive before 9:30 a.m. to get in line.

For more information or to help with the distribution, contact Susan Eyrolles at 412.882.9300, ext. 229 or email

Veterans Leadership Program Johnstown Military Share Food Distribution

727 Goucher Street, Johnstown, Pa. 15905 | Friday, 12/22 | 12 p.m. – until supplies are gone.

All veterans in need of food are welcome.

For more information, email

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Distribution Schedules

Allegheny County Drive-Up Distribution Schedule

Allegheny Valley
JC Penney at the Galleria, 590 Pittsburgh Mills Boulevard, Tarentum, PA. 15084

  • Tuesday, 12/12 | 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Founders Hall Middle School, 1960 Eden Park Boulevard, McKeesport, PA. 15132

  • Saturday, 12/16 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

West End
Ascension Church, 114 Berry Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15205

  • Tuesday, 12/19 | 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Wilkinsburg (This distribution will have pre-packed boxes)
225 Penn Avenue (Intersection of Penn Avenue and North Trenton), Pittsburgh, PA. 15221

  • Saturday, 12/02 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Allegheny County Walk-In Distribution Schedule

Oakland/Schenley Plaza
4100 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15260

Southside (This distribution will have pre-packed boxes)
Southside Market House, 12th and Bingham Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15203

  • Wednesday, 12/20 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Faison K-5, 7430 Tioga Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15208

  • Saturday, 12/09 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Pittsburgh King PreK-8, 50 Montgomery Place, Pittsburgh, PA. 15212

  • Saturday, 12/09 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Additional Resources

Local Resources

Find food distributions and access based on zip code or region by visiting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Find Food online tool.

For other resources, visit the Resource Beyond Food webpage.

If you are a senior, or know a senior, that needs food assistance, visit the Senior Boxes webpage to learn more. Share this flyer with your networks.

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Market is an onsite pantry where eligible neighbors can shop for grocery items at no cost.

Hours: Monday through Friday

  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • 1 – 4p.m.

*Please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to closing.

Find more information and the 2023 distribution calendar.


June 29, 2023

ELRC Region 5 Requesting Feedback on Evening Phone Hours

The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 is asking Allegheny County families and child care providers to complete a brief survey on evening phone hour offerings.

ELRC Region 5 currently offers evening phone hours from 5 – 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. However, center leaders seek to find the best day and time to offer evening service to county families and child care providers. By completing the survey, respondents allow ELRC Region 5 to better serve the community.

The survey is just five questions. All responses are confidential and will not be shared.

Access and Take the Survey

Access and take the survey on SurveyMonkey.

Learn More

To learn more, visit the ELRC Region 5 website or call 1.888.340.3572 or 412.350.3577 for assistance.


June 28, 2023

Allegheny County Family Resource Map Highlights Supports for Locals

Did you know the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 offers an interactive, online tool to help families navigate area programs and services?

The Allegheny County Family Resource Map provides caregivers of young children and other residents in Allegheny County the opportunity to locate available supports closest to them.

About the Allegheny County Family Resource Map

Launched in 2020, the map highlights the addresses, phone numbers, and websites of a variety of family supports, including those on:

  • aging
  • care and education
  • employment
  • family activities
  • food
  • health
  • housing
  • new parents
  • outdoors and recreation
  • transportation, and
  • wi-fi locations

Through the map, families can find countywide resources and services closest to them, such as senior community centers, family centers, early learning programs, public schools, WIC offices, parks, libraries, food pantries, diaper banks, clinics, public housing, Port Authority bus stops, and more.

Access the Map

Access the map here or visit the ELRC Region 5 website.

Learn More

For questions or to submit a map suggestion, please contact ELRC Region 5 at 412.350.3577 or


May 31, 2023

Pittsburgh Digital Equity Coalition Hosting Community Feedback Meetings

The Pittsburgh Digital Equity Coalition and the City of Pittsburgh are hosting a series of community feedback meetings on their Allegheny County Digital Equity Plan and are inviting community members to come discuss their digital needs with community leaders.

Held at various locations throughout the summer, all residents of Allegheny County are encouraged to attend.

About Community Feedback Meetings

What are the community feedback meetings?

At community feedback meetings, community leaders will ask attendees for feedback on the draft Digital Equity Plan for Allegheny County and ask questions about digital technology in attendees lives.

Why are these meetings taking place?

The Pittsburgh Digital Equity Coalition needs to ensure that their Digital Equity Plan addresses residents’ digital needs. The coalition must understand what residents need so they can use any funding offered to give all residents equal access to digital technology and information.

Who participates in meetings?

Meetings will consist of Allegheny County residents and community leaders. Leaders involved in the Pittsburgh Digital Equity Coalition, the City of Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County will lead the meetings and collect feedback from residents.

When will the meetings take place?

Meetings will be held throughout the summer of 2023. To see a complete schedule of meetings, visit the City of Pittsburgh website.

Where will the meetings take place?

The coalition will host meetings in locations across Allegheny County. Additionally, they will host a number of virtual meetings.

To find a full list of meeting dates, times, locations, and registration links, visit the City of Pittsburgh website.

Learn More

To learn more, visit the City of Pittsburgh website.


May 4, 2023

Live Well Allegheny Launches “Rethink Your Drink” Campaign to Promote Healthy Water Drinking Habits

Live Well Allegheny has launched a campaign to promote healthier beverage choices called “Rethink Your Drink.” The campaign provides education on the effects of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages, like sodas and most juices, and encourages water as the best drink option to build healthy habits in children and teens.

How To Participate in the Campaign

Allegheny County residents, schools, municipalities, afterschool programs, child care centers or providers, and community partners are encouraged by Live Well Allegheny to get involved in the campaign through a variety of methods.

Visit the Rethink Your Drink campaign webpage to find more resources and information, including a campaign toolkit. The toolkit includes:

Those interested in participating can access free campaign materials, including water bottles, through the Rethink Your Drink Campaign Request Form.

About Live Well Allegheny

Live Well Allegheny, an initiative of the Allegheny County Health Department, is a county-wide campaign to improve the overall health and wellness of Allegheny County residents.

Visit the Live Well Allegheny website to learn more about the program and the Rethink Your Drink campaign.


April 12, 2023

Allegheny County Conservation District to Offer Free Soil Lead Screenings

In partnership with Grow Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) will offer free soil lead screenings to interested county residents from April 19 – April 22.

About Soil Lead Screening

Contaminants are common in urban soil and can be hazardous to health when ingested or inhaled. With increased interest in backyard gardening, revitalization of vacant lot space, community green space, and play yard construction, residents in Allegheny County may come into greater contact with soil. Soil testing can establish risk of exposure to contaminants in soil and lead to risk reduction.

Participate in Soil Lead Screening

To participate in the free soil lead screening:

  1. Register for the free soil lead screening on Eventbrite at Registration is required.
  2. Confirm your registration when contacted by ACCD and receive detailed instructions on how to collect, label, and drop off your soil samples.
  3. Collect and label your soil samples.
  4. Drop off your soil samples at any of the following locations:
    • East End:
      • Garden Resource Center, 147 Putnam Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
      • Open: Wednesday and Friday | 3 – 7 p.m.; Saturday | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • South Side:
      • ACCD Office @ The Highline, 317 E Carson Street, Suite 199, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
      • Open: Wednesday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Central:
      • Phipps Conservatory, 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
      • Open: Friday | 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • North Side:
      • Food for the Soul Community Urban Farm, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
      • Open: Wednesday – Saturday | 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • West End:
      • Farmer Girl Eb, 1 Noblestown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
      • Wednesday – Friday | 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  5. Receive your results. Results will be sent within two weeks along with information to help you understand and act on your results.

Learn More

To learn more, visit the Soil Lead Screening Eventbrite page, view the event flyer, or contact Hayly Hoch at or 412-241-7645 ext. 8009 with questions.


September 22, 2022

RADical Days 2022

RADical Days is featuring free events and activities for people of all ages through October 16, 2022.

About RADical Days

RADical Days, the Allegheny Regional Asset District’s annual “thank you” to taxpayers, includes free events at more than 65 entities that receive RAD funding. From free admission to top-level attractions to free performances by world-class musicians, RADical Days 2022 provides something for everyone.

Highlights include free admission days to local institutions, including:

  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (Oct. 2)
  • Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (Oct. 3)
  • Carnegie Science Center (Oct. 9)
  • The Frick Pittsburgh (Oct. 16)

Arts and culture organizations like City Theatre (Clyde’s – Sept. 25), South Park Theatre (The 39 Steps – Sept. 24), New Hazlett Theater (Somewhere Strange – Oct. 14) Pittsburgh Opera (Sept. 11 & Oct. 8), Pittsburgh Public Theater (A Raisin in the Sun – 7PM on Oct. 16) and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 11) are among the assets providing free tickets.

The RADical Days calendar of events is available to view at


June 27, 2022

Apply: Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) Waiting List

The Allegheny County Housing Authority will accept applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) waiting list from Tuesday, July 12, through Thursday July 14.

About the Housing Choice Voucher Program

The ACHA provides safe and decent affordable housing for low-income residents of Allegheny County and offers two main housing programs: the Housing Choice Voucher Program and Public Housing.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a rental assistance program where residents rent directly from private landlords and their rental payments are subsidized through the voucher program.


Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements for admission into the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program:

  • qualify as a family;
  • have an income within the federally mandated income limits;
  • meet citizen/eligible immigrant criteria;
  • provide documentation of valid Social Security numbers;
  • sign consent authorization documents
  • the ACHA will perform criminal background reviews for each adult household member


Applications will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday July 14. Individuals can apply online at; computers also will be available at the ACHA office at 301 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks, PA.

All applicants are processed and placed on a waiting list. Results of the waiting list order will be posted online by July 22. Applicants MUST keep their confirmation number in order to access status.

For details, visit the ACHA website.


February 2, 2022

Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program

Are you a homeowner or renter in Allegheny County? Do you live with a pregnant person or a child age six or younger? If so, you might qualify for free home repairs from the Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program to keep your family safe from lead paint.

Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program

Lead is most dangerous to children under age six because their brains and nervous systems still are developing. When they put their hands and other objects in their mouth, they can swallow lead-paint dust, which can be invisible to the naked eye. Children also can be exposed to lead by ingesting soil, food, or water containing it. Even low levels of lead can cause behavior and learning problems, lower IQ and hyperactivity, and hearing problems.

The Allegheny Lead Safe Homes program offers qualifying homeowners and renters in Allegheny County with free lead-paint testing throughout their homes and hires a certified lead abatement contractor to repair any lead hazards found up to $12,000. Examples of work include repair and repainting of chipping and peeling lead-painted surfaces, window and door repair or replacement, and enclosing exterior trim and components.


If you’re interested in participating, please call ACTION-Housing at 412-227-5700, email or fill out the online form.

More Information

More information, including eligibility, can be found on the information sheet and on the program’s website.


February 1, 2022

Communities of Practice: Available Behavior and Mental Health Resources

ELRC Region 5 offers Communities of Practice (COP) for early learning professionals to discuss topics of interest, current trends in the field, and offer insight and inspiration to one another.

In March, ELRC Region 5 will provide information about several of the behavior and mental health resources available to support their programs. We will briefly discuss with participants the importance of behavior, emotional, and mental health support for our youngest children to thrive as well as their ideas to help a scenario classroom. Representatives from the Rapid Response Team, Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC), the Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, and DART will share information about their programs with the participants in breakout rooms. Participants will have the opportunity to rotate through the breakout rooms to ask specific questions and learn about each organization.

Registration is required for this session. 1.5 PQAS credit hours will be available. To receive credit, participants must complete the PD Registry Credit Request Form (in addition to the registration form).


Thursday, 03/17/22

For questions, please contact Holly Cessna at or 412-812-1544. If you have any questions about receiving credit, please contact Allison Hritz at