Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
2018 Progress Report
Committed to evaluating and improving the nutritional quality of food distributed and to increasing demand for healthier choices among partners, staff, and recipients.
“The mission of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is to feed people in need and mobilize our community to eliminate hunger. In addition to our commitment to sustainability, equity and inclusion, and food safety, we work diligently to improve the nutritional quality of the food we distribute. Our membership with Partnership for a Healthier America is a critical source of support for this important work.
"With encouragement and guidance from Partnership for a Healthier America, our Food Bank is developing an organization-wide wellness policy that will govern our sourcing, distribution, and collaborative support functions to improve the availability of nutritious, high-value foods and nutrition education across our network. We’ve set the goal of increasing our fresh produce distribution from 31% of the food we distribute to 50% and launched a Healthy Option Pantry program to support our network of agencies in providing more nutritious foods. We are currently redesigning our Choosing Healthy Options Program (CHOP) ranking system and look forward to collaborating with PHA to implement a new process that will increase the amount of food we rank from about 65 percent to nearly 100 percent. Finally, we have taken small but meaningful actions to make our work environment conducive to healthy behavior modifications for staff.”