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TABLE Magazine Founder On Thriving Food Markets

“Markets that thrive in all the important categories associated with population growth, education, and job sustainability are thriving food markets,” said Christina French, founder of TABLE Magazine.

As part of her efforts, French hosted the third-annual TABLE Magazine Western Pennsylvania Lamb Cook-off in September. The event included 10 teams of chefs from Pittsburgh’s most prominent restaurants, preparing various lamb dishes, with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank.

  

Organizations United To End Hunger

Locally, in Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1 in 7 people are food insecure.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank serves 11 counties in the region, not including Westmoreland County, which functions as its own organization.

“We were part of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank from 1982 until 2000,” said Jennifer Miller, CEO of Westmoreland County Food Bank. “Our area of the region is about the size of Delaware, so it made sense for us to be a standalone food bank.”

Westmoreland County Food Bank serves 7,000 families each month (18,000 people).
  

Local Chef Giving Back To Families In Need

Reflecting back on his childhood, Bill Fuller knows what it’s like to be food insecure. Growing up in a single-parent household, Fuller relied on school lunches and food stamps as a means of survival.

Fuller, corporate chef and president of Big Burrito Restaurant Group, is committed to ending hunger one healthy meal at a time.

  

Ya Jagoff Podcast Volunteers With Food Bank

As part of the KDKA Turkey Fund partnership, hosts, staff and regular guests from KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today recently visited the Food Bank as part of a volunteer day of service. Two of those guests included John Chamberlin and Rachel Rennebeck from the Pittsburgh-based YaJagoff podcast.

As part of their volunteer day, Chamberlin, Rennebeck, and the entire KDKA team sorted and bagged 4,500 pounds of locally sourced apples (Apple Castle) at the food bank’s repack center. Located in the main warehouse facility in Duquesne, repack volunteers are charged with sorting and repackaging both perishable and non-perishable products. 

 

‘Black and Gold Christmas’ to Benefit Food Bank

A Moon Township-based band, Chip & The Charge Ups, is already in the holiday spirit, with the release of its new song, ‘Black and Gold Christmas’. The band is using the song in a unique way to celebrate Pittsburgh pride and raise money for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

To go along with the song, Chip & The Charge Ups designed a ‘Black and Gold Christmas’ t-shirt. 100 percent of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Shirts can be purchased at the Food Bank or thechargeups.com/store.

 

Montour ‘Classroom Cupboard’ Provides Food for Dozens of Students

The Classroom Cupboard opened in April and is the first district-wide food pantry in western Pennsylvania. The Cupboard is open to all students and families within the district and is located at Montour High School. The pantry offers nonperishable food, personal care items and household supplies.
 

PNC Bank Partners With Food Bank For KDKA-TV Turkey Fund

To kick off this year’s KDKA-TV Turkey Fund, Jim Balouris, Executive Vice President of PNC Bank, joined host Brian Gulish on this week’s episode of “The Food Podcast” on the TribLive Podcast Network.

Episode 6 of the newly launched podcast focused on the start of the annual fundraiser that encourages people to donate funds so families facing hunger can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

 

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Fight Against Hunger

 As part of the team’s partnership with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the first place Pittsburgh Riverhounds are also leading the fight against hunger in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Riverhounds recently hosted a Hunger Action Night during a home game at Highmark Stadium.