1. July, 2012

    Lisa Scales Named Food Bank CEO

    A longtime advocate for issues of hunger, poverty and social justice, Ms. Scales joined the Food Bank in 1996 as Supervisor of its Green Harvest program operations. In 2002, she became the Food Bank’s Chief Program Officer and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2007.

  2. June, 2011

    Thirty Years of Feeding The Need

    Three buildings, three decades and thousands of families served, the Food Bank celebrates its 30th Anniversary.

  3. September, 2010

    The Food Bank establishes the Southwestern Pennsylvania Food Security Partnership

    The Southwestern Pennsylvania Food Security Partnership was created after a group of volunteers from all walks of life in our region joined a task force dedicated to the proposition that 370,000 people confronting food insecurity is unacceptable, from any ethical or practical perspective.

  4. Fall, 2006

    Two "Hunger's Hope" awards

    The Food Bank receives two "Hunger's Hope" Awards from Feeding America for its new Choosing Healthy Options Program and its advocacy work.

  5. October, 2005

    Produce to People begins

    The Food Bank initiates Produce to People, a Saturday direct distribution program to low-income communities. More than 35,000 pounds of food are distributed on the first Saturday.

  6. September, 2004

    Hurricane Ivan

    In the wake of the floods of Hurricane Ivan, the Food Bank partners with the American Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania to help those in need.

  7. 2003

    IABC Golden Triangle Award

    Quest Fore, Inc, a design firm, receives the IABC Golden Triangle Award for the Food Bank's 2003 Annual Report.

  8. May, 2002

    The First "Senior Box"

    The Food Bank distributes the first "senior box" from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

  9. October, 2001

    "Alfred E. Wishart Award for Excellence"

    The Food Bank receives the first annual Alfred E. Wishart Award for Excellence in non-profit management from the Pittsburgh Foundation.

  10. June, 2000

    A Financial Success!

    The Food Bank successfully completes its capital campaign, paying off the new facility's mortgage early.

  11. December, 1999

    A New Home!

    The Food Bank's new facility is 94,000 sq. ft. and located at 1 North Linden Street, Duquesne, PA. The 'green' facility is the first LEED-certified building in the Pittsburgh area and the first LEED-certified food bank in the United States. As a result, the Food Bank receives the Three Rivers Environmental Award and the Pennsylvania Waste Watcher Award for material reuse.

  12. June, 1999

    It's All Coming Together!

    Tom Ridge, then-Governor of Pennsylvania and steadfast supporter of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, takes a tour of the construction site.

  13. February, 1999

    New Food Bank Construction Begins

    After years of planning, the Food Bank finds a suitable location, moving across the Monongahela River to the site of the old Duquesne Works steel mill.

  14. May, 1999

    "Flame of Hope" Award

    The Food Bank receives the Catholic Charities' Caritas Flame of Hope Award for its commitment to improving the lives of others.

  15. July, 1997

    "Hunger's Hope" Award

    The Food Bank's Agency Relations Department wins Feeding America's "Hunger's Hope" Award for development of food pantries in public housing communities, and for conducting life skills and nutrition education workshops for low-income single moms.

  16. March, 1996

    1st Annual Empty Bowls

    The first of many Empty Bowls events takes place at the Sacred Heart Parish cafeteria in Shadyside.

  17. August, 1995

    "Food Bank of the Year"

    Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is named "Food Bank of the Year" by Feeding America.

  18. July, 1995

    1st Annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival

    The first of many festivals took place at the Riverplex, where Bill Wharton and Koko Taylor headlined.

  19. Summer, 1993

    Farm Stand Project begins

    Part of Green Harvest, the project established fresh produce stands in low-income neighborhoods with little or no access to grocery stores.

  20. Summer, 1991

    Green Harvest Program begins

    The program, which included the first gleaning and community garden projects, was designed to bring more fresh, nutritious produce to families in need.

  21. April, 1990

    Food Donor Liability Law

    Governor Robert P. Casey comes to the Food Bank to sign the Food Donor Liability Law, which protects food donors from liability.

  22. October, 1988

    Three Rivers Table (TRT) is born.

    TRT rescues prepared foods from restaurants, caterers and institutions, delivering them to onsite feeding programs.

  23. March, 1985

    Name Change!

    Pittsburgh Community Food Bank becomes Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, moving to the old Potter-McCune building in McKeesport.

  24. Spring

    The State Food Purchase Program (SFPP) is founded and the Food Bank receives $1 million for the purchase of food from the State of Pennsylvania, provided for by federal dollars.

  25. January, 1983

    Pittsburgh Community Food Bank becomes a certified member of America's Second Harvest

  26. November, 1982

    KDKA-TV newsman Al Julius initiates the KD Turkey Fund

  27. 1981

    1 Million in 1 year!

    One million pounds of food is distributed in 1981.

  28. September, 1981

    The Food Bank relocates to 10,000 square feet in a South Side ware-house.

  29. June, 1980

    Pittsburgh Community Food Bank opens its doors.

    The Food Bank occupies 2,000 square feet of warehouse space, donated by St. Vincent de Paul, at 2001 Wyandotte Street in the Hill District. The first agency to sign up and receive food is the Focus on Renewal Center in McKees Rocks, still a member agency to this day!