Drives and Collections

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Responding to the need in our community:

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank continues to monitor the development of COVID-19 and is taking proactive steps to protect the neighbors served, our Food Bank team, and our supporters. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, the priority remains focused on providing food and resources to those in need — a demand anticipated to increase significantly over the coming weeks. View how you can contribute.

Community Empowerment Association

In an effort to assist families that are economically challenged, the Community Empowerment Association is assisting families in acquiring items that can support a healthy and sanitary environment. Drop off at 7120 Kelly Street, Monday-Friday from 9:00-5:00pm. For further information, call 412-371-3689. 

The Community Empowerment Association is collecting:

  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol 
  • Antibacterial hand soap 
  • Disinfecting spray (Lysol or equivalent) 
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper 
  • Kleenex 
  • Thermometers 
  • Surface cleansing liquids 
  • Cleaning cloths 
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bleach

Salvation Army Virtual Food Drive 

Food Pantries Fill the Gap...you can help us fill the Salvation Army’s.

In this time of crisis, you can help The Salvation Army help those affected by COVID-19. We are already there for the most vulnerable in our community especially those who need food and other critical supplies. Our food pantries and feeding programs remain open by providing the community with outside pick-up options. Help ensure that children, seniors and people across every zip code in Western Pennsylvania won't go hungry by donating today.

For organizations requesting donations from the University of Pittsburgh, please make requests through the University’s Pandemic Response Donation Form

Pet Food Supplies

Animal Friends, Inc. is collecting priority, unopened dog and cat food for their Chow Wagon, a low-cost pet food program that helps the community and food banks continue to feed pets during the pandemic. Those interested in making donations can be made, without social contact, at Animal Friends main entrance at 562 Camp Horne Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237,seven days a week between 10am and 8pm.

Mask Making

Non-clinical staff at the Jewish Association on Aging require face masks, which can be homemade of cloth. Interested mask makers should contact Sharyn Rubin at srubin@jaapgh.org or 412-609-6393 to arrange donations.

Operation Facemask Pittsburgh

A collective of volunteers, including professional stitchers, working to fill Pittsburgh’s need for safe, washable, reusable masks. Donate materials, volunteer to help or learn how to make your own mask.

Community Blood Drives

Giving blood is a safe, essential health care action: it’s not a “gathering.” It’s extremely important right now for healthy people to make a blood donation appointment by calling 412-209-7000 or via vitalant.org. We have expanded hours in its donation centers as listed here.