Allegheny County

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
(412) 460-3663 ext. 268

The CSFP, more commonly known as the “Senior Box Program,” serves seniors 60 years of age or older and whose income is below 130% of the Federal Poverty Line. Registered seniors are eligible to receive monthly boxes of food which include bottles of 100% juice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats and stews, milk, cereal, peanut butter and more. Each box also comes with two pounds of fresh American cheese. Call the number above to find out if you are eligible for the program.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
(412) 460-3663 ext. 456

The Food Bank network of over 400 member agencies across 11 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania distributes 265 million pounds of food to 360,000 people annually. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please call the number above and one of our staff members will help you find resources in your community.

Green Grocer
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Green Grocer is a mobile farmers’ market that is designed to travel into neighborhoods that do not have ready access to fresh, healthy, affordable food. By selling fresh, healthy foods at an affordable price, Green Grocer helps to alleviate food inequity by creating access. Everyone is welcome to shop at these seven market stops in seven different neighborhoods in the Pittsburgh region. Visit the web page above for a listing of locations and dates. Forms of payment include SNAP/EBT, Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers, credit cards and cash.

Home-Delivered Meals Program

Home-delivered meals are provided across Allegheny County through funding from the Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (DHS/AAA). Through this program, approximately 350,000 meals per year are served to eligible, homebound older adults ages 60 or older on a short- or long- term basis. A modest donation is requested by each agency. Eligible participants receive one complete meal, which meets one-third of an older adult’s nutritional needs. The program can provide a limited number of modified meals (such as diabetic) with a doctor’s prescription. One agency, Mollie’s Meals, provides kosher meals. To learn more about Home Delivered Meals, call the SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460.

Hunger Services 
Urban League of Pittsburgh
610 Wood St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Food Assistance Hotline: (412) 325-0749

Hunger Services offers an Emergency Food Assistance program (EFA), as well as outreach and enrollment in the SNAP program. Food pantries provide canned and packaged food to people to tide them over during hard times. Each pantry has its own rules about eligibility. To find a pantry near you, call the above number.

Jubilee Soup Kitchen
2005 Wyandotte St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 261-5417

The public is welcome as a guest for a hot, nutritious meal at this soup kitchen, which is open every day of the year, including holidays. Coffee and doughnuts are served from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch is served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Food is also available for guests to take with them. There are two cooks on staff, and volunteers help with prep work, serving meals and cleanup. All guests are treated with dignity and respect.

Light of Life Rescue Mission
10 East North Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 258-6100

Light of Life’s Samaritan Ministries provide critical points of entry for the poor, homeless and addicted seeking help for immediate needs. Through these channels, Light of Life offers food and shelter, as well as opportunities for case management, long-term care and connections to other service providers.
The mission provides more than 100,000 meals annually, including breakfast and dinner seven days a week. Staff cooks and volunteers work together to prepare and serve nutritious meals. Men, women and children from the community are welcome to receive these meals, in addition to the residents enrolled in the mission’s programs. During the Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, Light of Life not only serves dinner on-site but also delivers meals to local senior care facilities. Staff and volunteer teams provide friendship, music, worship and prayers to accompany the meal service.

Produce to People
Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank
(412) 460-3663 ext. 727

Produce to People distributes fresh produce and other grocery items monthly at 8 sites throughout Allegheny County, as well as 9 sites in surrounding counties. Each household receives 30-50 pounds of food.  Produce to People is an additional resource to your local pantry – you can come to as many distributions as you need to and still attend your local pantry. To qualify you must be receiving government assistance such as Social Security, SNAP or Medicare benefits OR your income is below 150% of the Federal Poverty Line OR you are experiencing a food emergency. Please bring a box, wheeled cart, or durable bags to carry your food. Registration takes place onsite.

Rainbow Kitchen Community Services
135 E. Ninth Ave.
Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 464-1892

Provides supplemental groceries through monthly food pantry distribution, hot breakfasts Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., short-term and extended case management services, winter clothing and coat distribution, holiday meals and a variety of supportive services. Call for eligibility guidelines.

Senior Community Center Shared Meals
Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging
Birmingham Towers
2100 Wharton St., Second Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
SeniorLine (412) 350-5460; TDD/TTY (412) 350-2727

Balanced meals are served every Monday through Friday at senior community centers located throughout Allegheny County. The menus are designed to provide varied and satisfying fare for seniors. The program also provides modified meals (such as diabetic) with a doctor’s prescription. Meals are planned with input from older adults and meet one-third of a senior’s daily nutritional requirements.

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging
Birmingham Towers
2100 Wharton St., Second Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
SeniorLine (412) 350-5460
TDD/TTY (412) 350-2727

By using FMNP checks—administered in Allegheny County through DHS/AAA—older adults can purchase and enjoy the benefits of locally grown produce. One set of four checks worth $5 each is distributed to eligible seniors every year  through a one-day event in June at local senior centers. Recipients must be age 60 or older, live in Allegheny County, not live in a residential facility, and meet income guidelines. Checks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible seniors not physically able to get to a senior center, can designate a proxy to pick up and if necessary redeem the checks. Forms are available at senior centers and on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website:

For a listing of distribution sites call your local senior center, access the Area Agency on Aging website at, or contact SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460 or (800) 344-4319.

Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry
828 Hazelwood Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 421-2708

The Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry, administered through Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Pittsburgh, offers food assistance to families in Squirrel Hill, including kosher foods. The pantry relies on volunteers, food donors and financial supporters; consider adding a few kosher food items to your weekly shopping list for donation to the pantry.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) helps low-income individuals and families to buy the food they need for good health. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores.

How to Apply

If you reside in Allegheny County:
• Just Harvest: (412) 431-8963

• Hunger Services Network: (866) 395-3663 or (412) 325-0749

You may also contact your local County Assistance Office at (412) 565-2146 or the Department of Human Services at (800) 692-7462 or TTD (800) 451-5886; or fill out an application online at

The following persons may apply: 
• The head of the household.

• The spouse of the head of household.

• Any other responsible household member.

• A designated authorized representative (a friend, relative, neighbor or anyone the applicant trusts to go food shopping for him).

SNAP Program Income Guidelines

Household Size Gross Maximum
Monthly Income
Elderly or Disabled Individual in the Household
1         $1,584 $1,980
2         $2,136 $2,670
2         $2,688 $3,360
Each Additional Member       +$555 +$694

Income Limits (before any deductions): 160% of poverty level and 200% if age 60 and older or disabled

* Income guidelines are in effect through September 30, 2017.