Engaging our community, responding to new challenges

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has concluded a three-part Stakeholder Engagement Initiative (SEI) to engage diverse stakeholders in a discussion about how we can make our work even more effective. In Part 1, we connected with over 1,200 people (in virtual meetings and through online and hard copy surveys) about what’s working well with the Food Bank today, what’s not working as well, and about their suggestions for the future. In Part 2, we went back to our stakeholders to test ideas for the future. In Part 3, we worked with our stakeholders to start identifying the processes, infrastructure, and people we need to best support strong collaborations with our network of partners and communities. If you want to learn more about the Stakeholder Engagement Initiative and feedback received in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, please check out the discussion guides, integrated summary reports and meeting summaries (listed below).

Project Timeline


Spring/Summer 2021

Understand what works well, what’s not working well and identify suggestions to consider for the future.


Fall 2021

Test ideas that respond to the strengths, challenges and opportunities in our communities and region.


Winter 2022

Share and refine a proposed path forward informed by feedback on ideas tested.

Beyond Part 3- What happens next?

The Stakeholder Engagement Initiative has shared information and sought feedback from a wide variety of voices representing each of our stakeholder groups every step of the way. The input received in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the SEI process will continue to strengthen the Food Bank’s efforts to meet the needs of communities across southwestern Pennsylvania. Planning for the Food Bank’s next three-year strategic plan, which is getting underway just as Part 3 of the SEI comes to a close, will use the feedback received during this process. An update on how feedback received during the Stakeholder Engagement Initiative was integrated into the new strategic plan, and what the next steps are, will be provided by the Food Bank to all SEI participants by the Fall of 2022.