Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is responding to a rise in demand by opening their Duquesne warehouse once a month to provide direct relief. Since last summer, 2,000 new families have been turning to the food bank network to help cover meal time. Rising joblessness, cuts in hours and benefits are all contributing factors according to the Food Bank Communications Director Iris Valanti. She says lots of people need a little extra help making it to the end of the month when food stamps and savings run out. She says supplementing operations through the warehouse cuts out wait time and distribution costs. The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank provides food to 380 agencies serving 120,000 people in eleven counties. The Duquesne warehouse will be open on the fourth Thursday of every month from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, at 1 N. Linden St. in the Duquesne RIDC park.