The Issue: Increasing Need for Food Assistance
According to data from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, in 2010, nationwide food-stamp use surpassed 40 million for the first time ever, and about half of those who use food stamps are children. In 2009, one in eight Americans received some kind of emergency food assistance.
The Campaign: Fund Hot Meals for Community Members
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then East End Cooperative Ministry can distribute eight days' worth of hot meals through its soup kitchen, with donations matched up to $500 by Elliott & Davis, PC. Each additional $60 raised—in conjunction with the matching donation—will fund another day of hot meals for approximately 100 people. The soup-kitchen staff cooks a variety of nutritious and filling meals including cheeseburgers, chicken and noodles, and spaghetti with meatballs for community members who have low incomes or are experiencing homelessness.
All donations will be matched up to $500 by Elliott & Davis, PC. You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
East End Cooperative Ministry
East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) was founded in 1970 by a team of local seminary students to distribute breakfast to children who were going to school without meals. Today, the organization combines the goodwill of more than 40 congregations, local businesses, and volunteers to run a trio of programs dedicated to alleviating hunger, providing housing, and serving youth in the community. Its Meals on Wheels program, emergency food pantry, and soup kitchen distribute warm lunches and fresh groceries to an average of 400 people every day. Individuals experiencing homelessness can rest in the onsite shelter, which houses more than 40 men every night and provides access to social services. EECM further seeks to end the cycle of poverty with a series of in-school and afterschool programs that engage youth on vital issues including drug-use prevention and sustainability.