Allegheny County

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
(412) 460-3663 ext. 720
pittsburghfoodbank.org/csfp

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.

Drive Up Distributions
(412) 460-3663 ext.655
pittsburghfoodbank.org/gethelp

Drive-up distributions ensure individuals are maintaining social distancing while providing at least 50 pounds of food to families in their cars. All food is pre-packed and typically includes a mix of shelf-stable, fresh and/or frozen food. Find a distribution and register at pittsburghfoodbank.org/gethelp.

412 Food Rescue
6140 Station St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
General Inquiries: (412) 407-5287
Food Donation: (412) 277-831
412foodrescue.org

412 Food Rescue responds to the disconnect between the 40 percent of food that goes to waste by working with a network of retail grocery chains, wholesalers, restaurants and more to redirect their surplus food to people who need it. Food is distributed via a mobile app and 12,000 volunteer drivers who transport food from the donor to 1,000+ nonprofit partners. Since launching in 2015, 412 Food Rescue has kept 15 million pounds of food from going to waste and has distributed 13 million meals to neighbors in need. Partner organizations include public housing communities, family centers, daycares and more. In 2020, a pilot for home delivery was launched to deliver directly to peoples’ homes. 

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
(412) 460-3663
pittsburghfoodbank.org

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that distributes food for nearly 45 million meals annually across 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania through a network of more than 850 agencies, partners and programs. The Food Bank was founded in 1980 and is a member of Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger-relief charity in the U.S. For more information on hunger in our region or how to get involved, visit pittsburghfoodbank.org.

Home-Delivered Meals Program
Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging
alleghenycounty.us/Older-Adults/
(412) 350-5460

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 450,000 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.

Hunger Services 
Urban League of Pittsburgh
332 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Food Assistance Hotline: (412) 325-0749
ulpgh.org

Hunger Services offers an Emergency Food Assistance program (EFA), as well as outreach. 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. 

JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry
828 Hazelwood Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 421-2708
jfcspgh.org/services/squirrel-hill-food-pantry

JFCS Squirrel Hill Food pantry offers nutritious, fresh food on a scheduled basis for those who meet income requirements in the 15217 zip code, as well as providing kosher food for those who keep kosher homes outside of 15217. Additional supportive services, such as counseling and employment assistance, are available to help regain and maintain self-sufficiency.

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

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.

Light of Life Rescue Mission
234 Voeghtly St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 258-6100
lightoflife.org

Light of Life’s Ministries provide assistance for the poor, homeless and addicted seeking help for immediate needs. Light of Life offers food and shelter, as well as opportunities for case management, long-term care and connections to other service providers.

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

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 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
alleghenycounty.us/older-adults

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
alleghenycounty.us/Older-Adults/

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible low-income seniors with $24 toward fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from approved farmers in Pennsylvania. The program is first-come, first-served and checks are distributed beginning in June until they are gone or the end of September, whichever comes first. Eligible seniors not physically able to pick up checks may designate a proxy to pick up and redeem the checks. 

Contact your local senior center (see page 144) or the Area Agency on Aging SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460 or (800) 344-4319 for more information.

You may also visit the Department of Agriculture website for additional information: agriculture.pa.gov/Food/food_assistance/

SNAP Application Assistance
(412) 460-3663 ext.655
pittsburghfoodbank.org

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank helps bring stability to individuals by assisting them directly to complete and submit applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly known as food stamps), and by referring them to key partner organizations and social service providers that focus on topics such as housing, health, employment, safety, finances and transportation. 

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) 431-8960, ext. 602

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

• Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (833) 822-7627

You may also contact the Department of Human Services at (412) 565-2146 or (800) 692-7462 or TTD (800) 451-5886; or fill out an application online at compass.state.pa.us.

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).

SNAP Program Income Guidelines

Household Size Age 59 and Under Age 60 and Over or Disabled
1         $1,718 $2,148
2         $2,323 $2,904
3         $2,928 $3,660
Each Additional Member       +$606 +$758

* Income guidelines are in effect through September 30, 2022.