The Food Pantry distributes shelf-stable food and fresh produce on site at the Bethany Center in Homewood on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. Personal care items are also offered when available.
Homewood lacks its own grocery store, farmer’s market, or other healthy food provider, making it a food desert.
The BCM Food Pantry began over 20 years ago in response to the need to reduce the stigma of hunger in our community, and help mitigate the barriers to access that living in a food desert creates for our neighbors. In addition to a geographical lack of access to healthy food, members of the Homewooth South community are significantly more likely to experience poverty compared to residents of the City of Pittsburgh at large.
Less than half of families in Homewood South have access to a vehicle they can use to get groceries.
According to the The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Project’s Disadvantage Map, 52.6% of households in Homewood South did NOT have regular access to a vehicle (based on 2014-2018 ACS Estimates). This means that in order to get groceries, many families have to rely on walking, public transportation, or costly ride sharing. By hosting a Food Pantry right in the community, BCM is reducing time and cost barriers to accessing groceries for residents.
We provide more than just shelf-stable basics.
The critical anchor of our Food Pantry is shelf-stable pantry items from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. However, we believe that it's important to go above and beyond for our neighbors. So, we also partner with local businesses to acquire fresh fruits and vegetables and, occasionally, personal care products as well.