The Issue: Poverty in Suburban Communities
"From 2000 to 2010, the number of poor individuals in major-metro suburbs grew 53 percent, compared to 23 percent in cities" according to a census analysis from the Brookings Institution. And this hasn't escaped the attention of the media. The New York Times to TribLive.com have covered the recession's impact on suburban neighborhoods. Pittsburgh’s suburbs are no exception. South Hills Interfaith Ministries operates two food pantries to help families experiencing financial hardship become self-sufficient again.
The Campaign: Growing Fresh Produce for Low-Income Families
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by South Hills Interfaith Ministries to grow fresh produce that will be distributed to the 450 low-income families served at its two food pantries each month. For every $500 raised, South Hills Interfaith Ministries can grow 500 pounds of fresh produce. St. Clair Hospital will provide up to $2,000 in matching donations. The produce, grown in volunteer gardens, serves as emergency food supplies for families living in South Hills communities.
South Hills Interfaith Ministries
In the suburban communities of the South Hills, poverty has been on the rise. As many as 12% of the population—approximately 5,000 families—lives at or below the federal poverty level. South Hills Interfaith Ministries works to help these families regain their self-sufficiency. Along with two food pantries that provide emergency groceries, and a community clothing room, the organization runs utility assistance programs, coat drives, and family-support services such as teen mentoring and financial literacy programs. And the community impact is significant. In 2012 alone, the organization donated school supplies to 425 students, distributed more than 1,500 pounds of fresh produce, and provided $30,336 in utility assistance.
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