Above: The shelves of the food pantry were full, even after the pantry opened earlier that day. (Photo by Kelsey Shea).

After word spread that the Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry was low on supplies, NSCM Director Jay Poliziani said that their neighbors stepped up with enough donations and food drives to restock their shelves.

“We really just want to send a big thank you out to our neighbors for helping us assure that the nearly 1000 food insecure folks who show up every month have food for their families.

Poliziani said Northside individuals partnered with grocers, church groups, banks and organizations like the Mexican War Streets Society and The Pittsburgh Banjo Club, The Lion’s Club, The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project and the Northside North Shore Chamber of Commerce to bring in much needed donations of dry and canned foods.

“I even had a check from a woman in Florida who is part of a yahoo group of folks who grew up in the Northside,” said Poliziani.

The NSCM food pantry has been suffering decreased federal funding and donations and a rising need in the community.

“We still have a need great need because we are seeing more folks each month then we saw last year that same month—but the community has really stepped up.”