Over the course of the year, the Food Bank and our community partners organize special events in order to raise funds for our operations. In addition to funds, these events build awareness for the issue of hunger and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger. Here are some of our annual community events:

  • Empty Bowls

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    A simple meal of soup and bread to raise awareness about hunger in our community. Held annually in March, Empty Bowls features soups donated from Pittsburgh’s restaurants, entertainment, silent auction of world-class ceramic art and celebrity autographed bowls, kids’ activities, and each ticket holder chooses a beautiful hand made ceramic bowl to take home. This event benefits the Food Bank and Just Harvest.

  • Fall Food Share

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    On weekends during October & November, the Girl Scouts of America and other volunteers will be at many local Giant Eagle supermarkets collecting food. While you’re shopping, purchase a few extra items for our neighbors, or make a cash donation at the register. Find out more about this year’s event at www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/foodshare.

  • Aiming to End Hunger

    Join Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and DB Root & Company for our 3rd annual golf outing and inaugural clay shoot on Monday, October 3rd. 2016 at the historic Longue Vue Club. Come golf for the day and enjoy the 18-hole scramble on the scenic private course. Can only get away for the afternoon? Our first annual clay shoot, held at the overlook with beautiful views of the Allegheny River and Allegheny Valley, offers the perfect opportunity to support the Food Bank and our mission. Cocktail hour and dinner are included in registration. All proceeds support the mission of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. For more information about event sign-ups, please contact Beci Russell, 412-460-3663 x269. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Maggie Beldecos, 412-460-3663 x420.

  • KD Turkey Fund



    More than 30 years ago, KDKA-TV personality Al Julius was given a ten-dollar bill by a listener with instructions to “help a local family have a Thanksgiving turkey,” and the KD Turkey Drive was born. Over twelve million dollars later, tens of thousands of families in need have been able to gather with their families and celebrate with thanks of their own.

  • Scouting for Food

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    Scouting for Food is the Boy Scouts of America-Laurel Highlands Council’s annual food drive, the largest of the spring season. Scouts collect food in their neighborhoods and many conscientious corporations participate by collecting food or hosting a Virtual Food Drive. This region-wide drive helps the Food Bank and hundreds of families get the food they need.

  • Stamp Out Hunger

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    The National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Campaign is the largest one-day food drive in the nation, collecting more than 70 million pounds of food each year. Held in mid-May, all you have to do is put a sturdy bag of non-perishable grocery items out by your mail box before your regular mail delivery time, and your friendly letter carrier will pick it up. All donations remain in the area they were collected – a great opportunity to help struggling families right in your neighborhood!

  • Walk for A Healthy Community


    Held in May, Highmark’s Walk for A Healthy Community benefits dozens of local charities, which sign up walkers and sponsors. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield underwrites the cost of the Walk, so all proceeds go directly to the charities. Combining healthy exercise with supporting the Food Bank – join us!

  • Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

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    Join our team for the Pittsburgh Marathon and raise money for our neighbors in need! Register to run with us in 2017!

  • Hunger Action Month


    Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign, organized by Feeding America, to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger.

    Join your community each September for opportunity to take #HungerAction!


  • Peoples Gas Holiday Market


    Inspired by the original Christkindlemarkt created in 1545 in Nuremberg, Germany, and the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, IL,  Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ brings a cherished German tradition with international flair and local charm to Downtown Pittsburgh. Visitors will be in for a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience as they stroll through an illuminated Market Square, weaving through the European-style wooden chalets, adorned with holly and illuminated with little white lights. It’s the perfect atmosphere for families and friends to enjoy the magic of the season. Stop down during the season to donate to the Food Bank and get a picture with the big man himself in return.

Want to organize a special event or learn more?

Contact Maggie at (412) 460-3663 x 420 or mbeldecos@pittsburghfoodbank.org.

Email Maggie