The Fifth Annual Food Pantry Brunch Challenge will begin at 11 a.m. this Saturday, January 21 at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East.
There will be 10 local chefs cooking up brunch items using only food that is typically distributed in the Northside Common Ministries Community Food Pantry. The brunch costs $25 to attend.
Some of the chefs include Lisa at Fabled Table, Noi at Thai Me Up, Keith at Bidwell Culinary School, Emily at Community Kitchen, and John at Franklin Inn Mexican Restaurant.
Northside Common Ministries (NCM) is a non-sectarian, non-profit, community based organization that was established in 1982 by a collaboration of 30 independent, local churches. These individual congregations recognized the plight of economically disadvantaged people in urban communities that became so evident in Pittsburgh after the decline of the steel industry. These concerned individuals pooled their creative, financial and human resources to form NCM with the purpose of addressing the needs of the hungry and homeless in Pittsburgh and on the Northside in particular.
NCM’s Community Food Pantry is the largest food pantry in the city of Pittsburgh, serving more than 900 income- and residence eligible, Northside households every month. The Food Pantry has seen rapid growth each year during the recent recession demonstrating the need for additional services for those individuals utilizing the pantry. The Food Pantry fills a void for families with limited resources who otherwise would not be able to provide adequate, nutritious meals for themselves throughout the month.