13.9 million +

pounds, rescued annually

25%

of waste is diverted from the landfill

27%

of waste goes to compost or a pig farmer

15%

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.

Additional sustainable investments include:

  • Purchasing fuel-efficient company vehicles
  • Installing electric hand dryers
  • Switching from single-use plastics to compostable materials for internal and external events
  • Ensuring LEED and other environmental standards used in the construction of new facilities
  • Providing bikes for staff to reduce emissions and easily move between offices
  • Installing outdoor air quality monitoring device
  • Installing a community garden in coordination with the Food Bank’s Workplace Culture Committee
  • Donating 179 pounds of materials to Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

Learn more about our sustainability efforts

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.

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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.

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We’ve partnered with Ecotone Renewables to divert food waste.

Since August 20201, the Food Bank sends about 200 pounds of organic waste to the Biodigester at Ecotone Renewables in Swissvale each week. That waste is fed into their biodigester which powers their greenhouse and the resulting output of fertilizer is donated to community non-profit organizations. This partnership helps the food bank to keep organic waste out of the landfill, and turn the waste into an asset for the community.

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

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


Learn more.

P: 412-460-3663
E: info@pittsburghfoodbank.org