1,200 Families to Receive Food and Essentials

PITTSBURGH (Nov. 23, 2011) – Feed The Children will bring three truckloads of food and essentials to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The items will be distributed at 9 a.m. to 1,200 families at East End Cooperative Ministry’s Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen and Children & Youth Programs(116 South Whitfield Street).

Feed The Children partner agency East End Cooperative Ministry has identified the recipient families. Each family will receive a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of essentials and a box of Avon products. The items are designed to help a family for up to one week.

The distribution is part of Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped more than 310,000 families across the country since it began in 2009.

“We are grateful for the support and generous contributions from Feed the Children.  They have an understanding of the need in our community and it is wonderful to work with such a caring organization, especially around this time of year when the needs are huge.” said Myrna Zelenitz, Executive Director of East End Cooperative Ministry.

More than one in four children living in Pittsburgh (30.7 percent) is considered impoverished. The number of children living in poverty in Pennsylvania (522,189) could fill Heinz Field more than eight times.  

"Our Americans Feeding Americans project helps those affected by the economic downturn,” said Tony Sellars, spokesperson for Feed The Children. "A lot of these people considered themselves middle class just a few years ago and for the first time in their lives, have not been able to provide for their families. This distribution will provide relief for them at a crucial time.”

Feed The Children’s 2011 Holiday Caravan is delivering food and essentials to more than 227,000 Americans through Christmas. To help in the U.S., e-mail Truck.sponsorship@feedthechildren.org  or call 1-800-6227-4556.

Feed The Children
Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Our mission is providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. In FY 2010, Feed The Children distributed more than 133 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. For more information, visit www.feedthechildren.org 

East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM)
EECM is a non-profit, interfaith, 501(c)(3) organization.  Since 1970, EECM has provided services to the homeless, the hungry, the elderly, and the at-risk children and youth living in Pittsburgh’s economically distressed East End neighborhoods.  EECM services include, but are not limited to: Meals on Wheels; Food Pantry; Soup Kitchen; Men’s Emergency Shelter; transitional housing and support programs; Orr non-medical respite care center; tutoring; mentoring; prevention and intervention programs, in-school and after-school programs for students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
For more information: contact EECM at 412.361.5549, ext. 411, email eecm@eecm.org or visit www.eecm.org and www.eecmblog.org.

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