Our mission is to feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger.
In 1998, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank made a sustainability commitment when it broke ground on a brand new building and entered the LEED Pilot program, earning its certification in 2000.
“Taking that pioneering leap, our building became the first LEED-certified food bank in the country and one of the first LEED-certified buildings in the region,” said Dana Launius, child nutrition programs supervisor and member of the organization’s Sustainability Committee.
The Food Bank’s service to the community has evolved over the years, but sustainability has remained at the core. The organization uses an efficient route design for its trucks, all of which leave the warehouse with a full load of deliveries, then return full of donations so they are never on the road empty. A pig farmer picks up food scraps from the Food Bank, diverting about 4,000 – 8,000 pounds of un-distributable food each month that would otherwise go to a landfill.
“More than 13.9 million pounds of donated, perishable food distributed by the Food Bank in FY21 would have otherwise gone to a landfill. This would have generated an estimated equivalent of more than 44 million pounds of CO2 emissions,” said Kurt Lindsey, community food connections coordinator, and member of the Food Bank Sustainability Committee. “In the past year our programs have prevented the equivalent of one year of greenhouse gas emissions for 4,778 cars from going into the atmosphere.” With your support, the Food Bank is reducing food waste and our environmental impact.