Why Donate?

  • Feed Hungry Neighbors: Our retail store program reaches 11 counties serving 400 agencies.  In 2016 retail stores donated 5,800,000 pounds of food to families.
  • Reduce Your Waste:  You’re not just saving food and reducing landfills, you’re saving money, labor, energy and water.
  • Tax Incentives: The PATH Act of 2015 makes deductions for donated food easy. Changes include a permanent extension of relevant tax benefits to both C and non C corporations and an adjusted benefit cap of 10% of gross income for charitable donations of food.
  • Food Safety:  Your donations are protected under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act of 1996. Also, your donations brought back to our main warehouse are put on inventory and immediately made available to both food our pantries and on-site agencies. Donations from stores matched directly with our partner agencies are distributed either directly to families or used at our on-site facilities.  All of our agencies are food safety trained.

How to Donate:

  • Prior to pickup:  Donations should be packed in banana boxes or food-grade boxes. Depending on volume/vehicle picking up, donations may be palletized if necessary, marked and kept in a designated location.
  • During pickup: Our food bank representative or authorized Member Agency will arrive at a prearranged time and day and make themselves known to your receiver or company representative. Depending on your preferred pick up procedure, we will go to a designated location for all pickups, specific departments or wait for your receivers to provide the donation.
  • After Pickup: All donations are returned to the receiving facility (food bank, pantry or on-site). All donations are weighed, categorized, recorded and provided to our clients.

What to Donate:

  • Meat, Poultry, Fish and Frozen Foods: Freeze solid at 0° F or below
  • Produce, Dairy and Eggs: Refrigerate at 41° F or below
  • Shelf-Stable Grocery and Baked Goods: Store in a cool, dry place
  • Personal Care and Cleaning Products: Store in a cool, dry place

For a detailed list, please see the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Food Handling Policy.

To become a Retail Store Donor, contact our Community Food Connections team:

John Rangos, Community Food Connections Coordinator

412-460-3663 x401 | jrangos@pittsburghfoodbank.org

Kurt Lindsey, Community Food Connections Coordinator

412-460-3663 x236 | klindsey@pittsburghfoodbank.org

Kathy Hruska, Community Food Connections Manager

412-460-3663 x210 | khruska@pittsburghfoodbank.org

Our Retail Store Donation Partners




Giant Eagle

The Fresh Market

Sam's Club



Trader Joe's

Shop N Save

Food Lion

Big Lots

Gordon Food Service



Zing Basket

Restaurant Depot

Whole Foods

Is your store donating?

Become a Retail Store Donor-call: Kathy Hruska, Community Food Connections Manager @ 412-460-3663 x210 or khruska@pittsburghfoodbank.org.

Email Kathy