Below is a list of the organizations we work with to help advance sound policy solutions to hunger and poverty here in Allegheny County, across Pennsylvania, and nationwide. These organizations are also excellent resources for learning more about hunger, economic justice, and the many public policies that affect low-income people.
Center for Law and Social Policy: Founded in 1968, CLASP conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low-income families with children. Also a leader in the national effort to establish equal justice for all.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Works at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low and moderate income people. They conduct research and develop policy options to alleviate poverty particularly among working families.
Coalition on Human Needs: An alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. Membership includes civil rights, religious, labor and advocacy organizations. They track dozens of issues and have a bi-monthly publication.
Food Research and Action Center: The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and corporations to address hunger and its root cause, poverty.
New York City Coalition Against Hunger: This organization was formed to unite New York City’s various soup kitchens and charitable organizations, in order to coordinate activities and to advocate for food access for all New Yorkers. They are dedicated to meeting immediate food needs while combating the root causes of hunger. They also sponsor a nationwide Anti-Hunger AmeriCorps program that operates in 32 states.
ACTION United: ACTION United is a membership organization of low and moderate income Pennsylvanians working to build power through organizing communities to win changes on the issues that are important to them.
Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger: To combat hunger in the Philadelphia area, this organization works to help people get SNAP assistance, supports food pantries and soup kitchens, and advocates for public assistance programs. Recently, they launched two “Green Light Pantries,” a new kind of food pantry that focuses on nutritions food and health education.
PA Hunger Action Center: Dedicated to eliminating the causes of hunger through advocacy, education and collaboration. Supporters include food providers, growers, religious organizations, food industry members, advocates and consumers. Their monthly newsletter, the PA Hunger Advocate is up-to-date and focused mainly, but not completely, on government programs for hungry and poor people.
PathWays PA: With offices throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and advocacy initiatives on behalf of low-wage workers statewide, PathWays PA provides programs committed to the development of client self-sufficiency. PathWays PA conducts research and advocacy campaigns in addition to its client services.
Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center: A nonpartisan, statewide policy research project that provides independent, credible analysis on state tax, budget, and related policy matters, with attention to the impact of current or proposed policies on working families. It analyzes and disseminates information on short-term budget, policy, and revenue proposals as well as long-term trends and challenges.
Women’s Law Project: The WLP’s mission is to advocate for women’s rights on a broad variety of issues including healthcare, reproductive rights, domestic violence, and similar concerns through litigation, advocacy, and education
Community Human Services/Wood Street Commons: Community Human Services is a community revitalization organization dedicated to advocating for neighborhood involvement and stability. They provide a variety of services in the Pittsburgh area, including through the Wood Street Commons. Wood Street Commons operates several housing programs in Downtown Pittsburgh to provide residents with options for stability, permanent housing, support services, and social interaction.
Consumer Health Coalition: An organization dedicated to advocating for the rights and needs of patients, especially those at risk for experiencing barriers to the healthcare system. CHC is dedicated to the eradication of disparities in healthcare access and outcomes.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: A non-profit organization that collects and distributes food through a 350+ member network in 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. The food bank works through food solicitation, fund raising, special events, community partnerships, research, and direct outreach to fight hunger in our community.
Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership: GPNP is a coalition of over 400 nonprofit organizations in SW PA. They connect nonprofits across issues and collectively advocates for the nonprofit sector.
Grow Pittsburgh: Grow Pittsburgh’s mission is to promote gardening and local agriculture. They run outreach programs in local schools to teach children about gardening and to use gardening to teach lessons in other school subjects. They also run farm production sites where people can learn gardening skills and run a community gardening program to connect local individuals interested in gardening.
Northside Coalition for Fair Housing: Resident-run community organization based in Pittsburgh’s Northside, dedicated to tenant’s rights and thoughtful revitalization.
Northern Area Multi-Service Center: NAMS partners with area organizations and state/local government to help senior citizens, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and refugees maintain an improved quality of life. They help individuals find supported living through referrals and assistance programs.
Operation Safety Net: Part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Trinity Health, Operation Safety Net is one of the nation’s first full-time street medicine programs. It provides medical care to Pittsburgh’s unsheltered homeless population by making rounds of the city’s streets, riverbanks, bridges, and overpasses. They also work to end homelessness by helping patients find homes and rental properties.
One Pittsburgh: One Pittsburgh advocates for better jobs, wages, and social programs for Pittsburghers, while also advocating for Corporate Accountability.
Money in Your Pocket Coalition: A group of nonprofit and government agencies throughout SW PA who provide free income tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers for low-to-moderate income individuals and families.
Mon Valley Unemployed Committee: A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the unemployed and advocating for social justice and economic change. MVUC helps dislocated workers file unemployment claims and provides general information about social programs. They also advocate for the rights of low-income and unemployed people in the region.
Mon Valley Providers Council: The MVPC is an alliance of organizations servicing the Mon Valley, divided into four working groups that address issues of employment and training, health, housing, and youth. The MVPC coordinates the efforts of these organizations to fill gaps in human services offered in the Mon Valley.
Penn State Cooperative Extension: A USDA funded educational network that shares Penn State’s resources and expertise with Pennsylvanians. The extension runs educational programs on a variety of topics, including health and nutrition education, gardening, and resource management.
Pittsburgh Community Kitchen: Pittsburgh Community Kitchen provides culinary on-the-job training to at-risk youth and other individuals with barriers to employment. They also use produce that would otherwise be thrown away to provide meals to area schools, shelters, and food-insecure residents.
Pittsburgh Food Policy Council: An organization dedicated to develop food and urban agriculture policy for the Pittsburgh region. The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council also provides assistance and education on issues related to food production, access, and distribution.
Pittsburgh United: Pittsburgh UNITED strives to advance social and economic justice in the Pittsburgh region by working to ensure that working families and low and moderate-income communities are able to share in the prosperity that is generated by economic growth and development.
Repair the World Pittsburgh: Repair the World is an organization that looks to encourage Jewish young adults to become involved in volunteer work. They have chapters in many cities throughout America, and the Pittsburgh chapter collaborates with local nonprofits and organizations to act on issues of inequality.
SEIU 668: Pennsylvania’s local social service employees’ union, comprised of social workers, caseworkers, prison counselors, 911 operators, career and employment specialists, unemployment compensation examiners and interviewers, school psychologists, nutritionists, vocational counselors, youth counselors, and occupational therapists. SEIU collectively advocates for its members’ rights on a variety of workplace issues.
Southwest PA Food Security Partnership: Established as an initiative of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Food Security Partnership works with partner organizations in SW PA to develop strategies to end hunger in the region.
University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work: In addition to granting degrees to future social workers, Pitt’s school of social work furthers its mission of social justice through scholarly research into social issues and community outreach through collaboration with government and community-based organizations.
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh: As the largest comprehensive social service/civil rights organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh provides services in the areas of education, health advocacy, housing, early childhood and youth development, hunger services, employment and career training and counseling, and economic empowerment.