NHCO operates three food pantries in Northern Allegheny County, including Allison Park, Millvale and Bellevue. We provide food to nearly 700 families each month. And we’re a member agency of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
One visit a month provides approximately five days of food. This is supplemental to a family or individual’s normal grocery order. Senior citizens may qualify for extra food through Senior Commodities.
Our pantries are stocked with nonperishable food such as canned vegetables and fruit, beans, rice, cereal, pasta, peanut butter and tuna. We almost always offer bread, fruits and vegetables, often fresh from our organic community garden. We also accept produce from donors’ gardens. If available, meat and cheese is also distributed. Cleaning supplies, personal care items and paper products are also available.
Gluten Free: We are one of only six food pantries in the Pittsburgh area with a gluten-free section set aside for those who need gluten-free food due to a medical condition.
Who can use an NHCO food pantry?
Anyone who meets income and residency requirements is eligible. We also offer emergency food for anyone in crisis.
To qualify, you must reside in our service area of northern Allegheny County north of the city of Pittsburgh, meet income guidelines and provide the following:
– Proof of income for one month (pay stub, letter from social security or bank statement)
– Proof of residency (driver’s license or utility/credit card bill)
Once you qualify, you can use our pantry once a month for one year, at which point you may reapply. Please note that depending on your zip code, you might be referred to another pantry in northern Allegheny County.
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
Serves Hampton, McCandless, Ross, lower Richland and upper Shaler
1975 Ferguson Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
Hours of Operation:
First Tuesday: 5 to 7 p.m.
Second Tuesday: 1 to 3 p.m.
Third Tuesday: 10 a.m. to noon
Fourth Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
North Boroughs Food Pantry
Serves the 15202 zip code
Greenstone Methodist Church
939 California Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
Hours of Operation:
First Thursday: 2 to 4 p.m.
Second Thursday: 5 to 7 p.m.
Third Thursday: 2 to 4 p.m.
Fourth Thursday: 5 to 7 p.m.
Millvale Food Pantry
Serves the 15209 zip code
Millvale Community Center
416 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh Pa 15209
Hours of Operation:
Third Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Please note that NHCO’s pantries are closed:
– If the pantry date falls on a major holiday or Christmas Eve.
– Between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
– If NHCO offices are closed for any reason.
– Emergency Closings: Please watch KDKA and WPXI news or NHCO’s Facebook Page for updates in the event of severe weather, including severe wind chills.
Please call 412-487-6316, option 1 for more information.
Information on Donating to our Pantries.
NHCO relies on food, cleaning supplies and toiletry donations from the community to stock our three pantries. More than 95 percent of what we distribute to those in need is donated! Scroll down for suggested items.
You can hold a food or cleaning supplies collection at any time to help hungry families in northern Allegheny County, especially during late summer months when donations tend to be low! (Students, you can get volunteer hours!)
Please note that items should be unopened, unexpired and nonperishable (with the exception of fresh fruits and vegetables). We CANNOT accept over-the-counter or prescription drugs or supplements. We can accept frozen items, including meat, at the Allison Park site. Please call ahead if you have a large frozen food donation. Thank you!
Four Easy Ways You Can Donate Food
– NHCO’s offices are open 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
– We have special donation times on the FIRST Saturday morning of each month from 9am-noon in our Allison Park pantry behind the main building.
– Call 412-487-6316 opt 1 to inquire about arranging a different drop off time.
– Donate at other locations in the community.
We respectfully ask that you do not leave donations outside due to possible contamination from weather, insects or animals. Items left outside could be discarded.
Below is a list of our most needed items.
Fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden/market are welcome!
Canned/jar food such as:
Soup (hearty, meal-style soups preferred)
Canned pasta (ravioli, lasagna, etc.) and chili
Canned fruit in natural juices
Peanut butter and jelly
Canned vegetables and beans, including low sodium
Toiletries such as:
Toilet paper and paper towels
Feminine hygiene products
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Shaving cream, deodorant and other toiletries
Shampoo and soap
Band-Aids and Neosporin
Diapers, baby food, and unopened formula
Cleaning supplies such as:
Bleach and laundry detergent
Sponges, Soft Scrub, all-purpose sprays
Cereals — especially oatmeal, whole grain cereals, Raisin Bran, shredded wheat, etc.
Fruit juice and juice boxes
Crackers and school snacks such as single-serve applesauce, granola and breakfast bars, etc.
Rice and rice mixes
Meal-in-a-Box and Hamburger Helper
For more information about our pantries or food collections, please contact our food pantries coordinator, at 412-487-6316 opt 1.
Please contact Jen for a custom flier for your collection.
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