13 million +

pounds, rescued annually


of waste is diverted from the landfill


of waste is recycled

Remaining committed to sustainability

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has a Sustainability Committee which meets monthly to discuss the organization’s ongoing efforts and work to meet its goals in waste reduction, energy use, internal policy, and other sustainability concerns. Through the committee’s work, the Food Bank has had several significant accomplishments.

In 2018 – 2019, the Food Bank participated in the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge as a way to determine what the organization was doing well and how it can do more in the future. Through this challenge:

  • The Food Bank’s internal composting system came to life, reducing waste by 26 percent in one quarter.
  • The organization’s largest annual fundraiser, Empty Bowls became a zero-waste event.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has switched from single-use plastics to compostable materials for internal and external event.
In April 2022 the Sustainability Committee volunteered with Grounded Pittsburgh to help a local catering chef and educator in Duquesne build tables, plant trees and prepare their educational garden for the summer season.

Learn more about our sustainability efforts

How Do Food Banks Affect Climate Change?

How Do Food Banks Affect Climate Change?

The work we do has an impact on the people we serve. It also has an impact on our environment, through methods like waste reduction.


Food Podcast: What happens to food that goes bad?

Food Podcast: What happens to food that goes bad?

Learn about our new partnership with Ecotone Renewables- one of our latest efforts to cut down on organic waste by using a new Seahorse Biodigester.


Converting waste to fertilizer to benefit families in need

We’ve diverted more than 6,000 lbs. of waste from the landfill by sending organic waste to Ecotone Renewable’s biodigester!


As the Food Bank continues to design new ways to reach our neighbors facing hunger, is commitment to sustainability remains.

As part of this commitment, the organizations, warehouse expansion in Duquesne, PA is being completed with LEED sustainable building practices in mind.

Learn more.

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