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Food Bank: Summer Youth Café

School is out for summer! That might seem like an exciting thing for many children, but for many people who serve kids living with food insecurity, it’s a time of worry.

The need makes the push for Summer Youth Café sites so critical. A Summer Youth café is a location where any person ages 18 and under can get free meals.

Food Bank: Mobile Farmers Market

June is fruits and veggies month, so today’s food podcast focuses on the Food Bank’s innovative way to get fresh produce from local farms to areas where healthy food is difficult to find.

It’s called the Green Grocer, and while it looks like a food truck, you won’t find burgers or tacos when you visit. Instead, you’ll find shelves of kale, peaches, plums and other produce up for sale.

Food Bank: KDKA-TV Feed The Kids Telethon On June 2nd

The food bank is proud to partner with KDKA-TV, Giant Eagle and Citizens Bank for this year’s Feed the Kids Telethon. The telethon airs June 2nd. For every dollar that’s donated, Citizens Bank will match donations up to $40,000. In 2020, the telethon raised $154,754.

In honor of the Feed the Kids Telethon, the food podcast hosted a guest who truly sees how food insecurity impacts young people. Joyce Weber is the food services director at Baldwin-Whitehall schools and she says her team is giving out more meals than ever before.

Food Bank: Food Justice Is Social Justice

This episode of the Food Podcast focuses on the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Food Justice is social justice initiative. This initiative is intended to create awareness about social inequality, while educating the Food Bank’s service area of numerous organizations in the region that are focused on ending racism and creating equality for all.

This week the Food Podcast featured Jeremiah’s Place, a crisis nursery in the Pittsburgh area. “A crisis nursery is essentially an emergency childcare center. Pittsburgh didn’t have one til about 2014 when we opened our doors,” said acting director of Jeremiah’s Place Jordan Shoneburger.

Food Bank: In Person Learning Changes School Food Programs

An interview with Food Bank’s Director of Child Nutrition Programs Karen Dreyer

Rewind to one year ago. Every school in Western PA had to switch to remote learning, and overnight, the food bank’s child nutrition team had to find a way to make sure kids reliant on school meal programs, still had food while learning from home.

Food Bank: Preps To Grow Its Produce For Pittsburgh

Not many people realize, the food bank not only houses and distributes food to the people of Greater Pittsburgh, it grows it too.

Drive 30 miles north of Pittsburgh on the campus of Chatham University Eden Hall, and you’ll find an acre plot where fruits and veggies grow.

Food Bank: Food Justice Is Social Justice

This week’s Food Podcast focuses on the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Food Justice is social justice initiative.

This week, the food podcast featured The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Pittsburgh. APALA Pittsburgh is a national organization of AAPI union members and allies advancing worker, immigrant and civil rights.

Food Bank: New Host & Member Of Communications Team

Starting the week of April 26th, Krista Johnson will take the lead on the podcast as Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s newest Communications and Public Relations Specialist.

She joins this week’s podcast as the guest interview to introduce herself and her background.

Food Bank: Food Waste Awareness Month

Interview with Kurt Lindsay who is a Community Food Connections Coordinator at the Food Bank. He works on a three-person team to bring in food for those in need that may otherwise be thrown out.

Food Bank On Volunteer Appreciation Month

An interview with Angela Mallick who is the Community Engagement Manager for the Food Bank. She oversees volunteer operations as well as community fundraising. On the volunteer side, she works with two Community Engagement Coordinators to ensure volunteers are staffed throughout the Food Bank’s events and operations.