Basic Needs

Bolstering the fight against food, housing, clothing, and sanitary item insecurity within the region.

Why this is important:

  • Unemployment rates in Allegheny County are rising due to the pandemic, leaving many residents struggling to fulfill basic needs. Overall 15% of jobs were lost in Allegheny County between March and April. This is exacerbated for the Black community, which has seen 19.7% of workers who were employed at the start of March lose their jobs compared to 17.2% of White workers (Mayo, 2020).
  • The moratorium on eviction and foreclosure is scheduled to end on August 31st in Pennsylvania, which will displace residents who are unable to pay the rent or mortgage payments they owe.
  • Covid-19 has only amplified issues of food insecurity in the City of Pittsburgh, which prior to the pandemic had 1 in 7 residents who experienced food insecurity.
  • Many students depend on school meals, which are harder to access now that school is virtual.

Drives, Donations, and DIY

  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: Support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in providing food and resources to those in need.
  • Salvation Army Virtual Food Drive: Help ensure that children, seniors and people across every zip code in Western Pennsylvania won't go hungry by keeping the Salvation Army’s food bank stocked.
  • The Corner: Donate food and essential hygiene products, or support hot meal distribution, for our Oakland and Hill District neighbors
  • Global Links: Provide students and families in Western PA with personal care and hygiene items by donating or organizing a collection of these items.
  • Animal Friends Pet Food Bank: Assist Animal Friends Chow Wagon by donating unopened bags or cans of pet food and supplies, organize a drive, or support their wish list.


Just Harvest. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Mayo, B. (2020, June 18). Pitt study shows unemployment impact of COVID-19 pandemic even greater on black, senior Allegheny County residents. Retrieved September 07, 2020, from

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