CONGRESSMAN DOYLE ANNOUNCES VICTORY AGAINST HUNGER AWARD FOR GREATER PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

August 18, 2005
Press Release

Pittsburgh, PA - U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14)today announced that the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will receive a Victory Against Hunger Award from the Congressional Hunger Center and Victory Wholesale Grocers for its efforts to fight hunger.

“The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank provides 368 children with over 7,000 balanced meals and over 3,000 nutritious snacks each month,”Congressman Doyle said. “It’s easy to see why this local organization deserves recognition for its efforts to make certain local children have adequate access to food. That’s why I nominated the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for this award.”

The award from the Congressional Hunger Center and Victory Wholesale Grocers comes with a check for $1,000 to help the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in its ongoing efforts to eliminate hunger in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

This is the 13th year that the Congressional Hunger Center and Victory Wholesale Grocers have issued Victory Against Hunger Awards. The awards this year were evaluated on how well they improved the quality of care given to children by improving their access to the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). 

Congressman Doyle nominated the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for the award earlier this year. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank was one of 84 organizations nominated for the 2005 Victory Against Hunger Awards. 32 awards were given to non-profits and state agencies that demonstrated success and creativity in improving children’s access to the CACFP. 

“To help ensure that local low-income children in after-school programs receive nutritious foods, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank created the After School Programs Network” Congressman Doyle added in announcing the award. “Through the After School Programs Network, the Food Bank is able to help increase the amount of nutritious food that low-income children receive at local after-school programs.”


The After School Programs Network is an educational outreach project created to inform after school programs about their eligibility to receive federal reimbursement and reduced cost snacks and meals for the students through the Child and Adult Care Food Program. This allows them to divert their limited resources away from the purchase of meals and snacks to programming and the purchase of other needed materials. The Food Bank works with 43 after-school program sites in Allegheny County that receive CACFP reimbursements for meals and snacks provided to low-income children

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that collects, stores, and distributes food and grocery products to soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and other agencies that help needy clients. Each month, this organization collects, stores, and distributes more than 1.4 million pounds of food to a network of 350 charitable member agencies that serve low-income individuals in Allegheny County as well as seven affiliate food banks serving neighboring counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. It provides 120,000 people each month with food – including 37,000 children.

More information about the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank can be found at its web site,
https://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/.

More information about the Child and Adult Care Food Program can be found at:https://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Care/CACFP/cacfphome.htm

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