Illustration by congregation member Vanya Rumsey.

 For over 30 years, the Unity Food Pantry has provided nourishment and encouragement to families from our area. A member agency of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Unity Food Pantry serves about 110-140 individuals from 55-70 families each month. Clients receive bags of non-perishable food items, dairy products, frozen meat and poultry, fresh produce, bread, desserts, and either dish or laundry detergent.  Diapers and baby food are also available to families needing them. Quantities of food provided increase as family size increases; generally families served at Unity Food Pantry range in size from one person to 6 people.

Eligibility for service from Unity Food Pantry is based on income (with the cutoff level for eligibility being set by the State of Pennsylvania at 150% of the poverty level) and geography (clients must live in Unity’s service area of Greentree, Dormont, and those parts of Pittsburgh, Scott, Mt Lebanon, Crafton Heights, and Westwood for which we are the closest pantry). The pantry serves not only people in the wider community, but also a number of Unity’s members and friends.

Our pantry serves people who are facing a wide variety of challenges in their lives. Each month, about 20-25% of those served are children age 17 and under; over 20% are adults age 60 and over; and almost 40% are legally disabled. Of those who are legally disabled, client impairments include mental health, intellectual and developmental, and physical disabilities. Wallace also serves clients who are employed, but whose income is too low to support themselves and their families.

The Unity Food Pantry is located in the basement of Unity Presbyterian Church at 1146 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220.  Clients are eligible to receive food from the pantry once each calendar month.  We are open every Tuesday, except when a Tuesday falls on a holiday.  General service hours to serve clients are from 12 Noon until 1pm on Tuesdays; clients must call to schedule a pickup by 12 Noon the Tuesday they want to come in (Pantry Phone: 412-561-7551).

Every aspect of food pantry operation is handled by volunteers donating their time and talents; there are currently about 35-40 volunteers who carry out all aspects of pantry operations, including ordering food, picking it up, delivering it to the church, storing it, packaging food for distribution, and serving clients during distribution hours.  The pantry is supported entirely by donations of funds, food, and time by members of Unity Presbyterian Church, community groups, and individuals.

Visit our Food Pantry Client web page if you are interested in finding our more about eligibility, and utilizing the Wallace Food Pantry.  Volunteers and donations are always needed!  So if you are interested in helping with this fantastic endeavor, please visit ourFood Pantry Donations page.  Additionally we have our Food Pantry Mission page where you can learn more about how the food pantry fits in with the overall mission of Unity Presbyterian Church.

Emma Schaub, a Unity Food Pantry volunteer had volunteered monthly with her friends from the Life Skills class at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School for almost 3 years. Volunteering became one of the most important things in Emma’s life during those years. The loving, servant’s heart that Emma brought to her volunteer work deeply impacted everyone with whom she worked. This is a video of her dedication service from April 30th, 2020.  The plaque and photo are mounted by the door of the Food Pantry.