On May 16, SHIM partnered with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to hold a mass food distribution at South Hills Village. More than 70 volunteers worked together to distribute three pre-packed food boxes to each of the more than 950 vehicles. It was humbling to see us come together in tough times.
The day demonstrated what we've seen for the past few months: the COVID-19 pandemic has brought hunger to families who have never before faced it. Our three food pantries — SHIM Center in Bethel Park, Prospect Park in Whitehall, and Baldwin UP Church — provided more than half a million pounds of food in 2019. Since March of this year, when we began offering drive-through and walk-up pantries in lieu of our shop-through option, we have seen a dramatic increase in people seeking help with basic needs like food and financial assistance. In April alone, nearly half of all visitors came to us for the very first time.
As always, we are here to help. If you or someone you know could use help, please call us at 412-854-9120. Learn more about our services, including food pantries, at shimcares.org/covid-19-resources.
If you are lucky to be in the position to make a gift to support our work, please visit shimcares.org/give.