Child Hunger

parent and child holding handsEvery parent worries about what their child eats and whether they’re eating enough. But for parents struggling to provide for their families that worry is all too real.

Child hunger programs that are both functional and easily accessible go a long way toward helping you save money – money that you can use for household expenses, transportation, and other necessities.

Below are some of the government-funded programs that can make all the difference for a hungry child.

Having trouble accessing any of the programs below? Just Harvest can help.
Call us Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) at (412) 431-8960 x602.


Are you having trouble putting food on your table? Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit (known as “food stamps”) can help you buy the nutritious food that you need to keep your family healthy.

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As part of your food stamp application process you can also apply for free or reduced-price school lunch and breakfast for your child. However, thanks to the new federal Community Eligibility Provision, many local public schools now provide those meals for free to all of their students – no application is required.

Want to know if your school provides free meals to all of its students?
Call them, check our list of Allegheny County school districts that have Community Eligibility, or call us Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) at (412) 431-8960 x602.


Just because school is out doesn’t mean kids should go without nutritious daytime meals.

Find a Summer Meal Site In Your Neighborhood:

The USDA Summer Food Program operates at dozens of locations in the area and can help feed children and teens 18 and younger from June 8– August 21. Most sites are open every day and will provide children with 1 or 2 meals (breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner).

mobile phone Text “food” to 877-877
En español: text “comida” to 877-877

phone Call 211 for the United Way hotline or 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) for the USDA National Hunger Hotline
En español: 1-877-8-HAMBRE (de lunes a viernes 8am-8pm)

computer mouseVisit USDA’s Summer Meal Site Finder

GrubUp – City of Pittsburgh sponsored Summer and Afterschool Meals:

From mid-June to August 18th, GrubUp Pittsburgh provides summer meals and activities at dozens of sites and food truck locations to all children up to age 18 as well as individuals with mental disabilities up to age 21.

From mid-September to mid-June, GrubUp also provides afterschool meals at certain Citiparks Recreation Centers.

computer mouse Visit GrubUp Pittsburgh online for a map of current summer meals site locations
phone Call GrubUp at (412) 244-3911 or the United Way hotline at 211 for help finding your nearest summer meals site

computer mouse  Visit Pittsburgh Citiparks online for a description and schedule of the Roving Art Cart, which provides free art activities to children throughout the summer at various locations. The GrubUp free food truck travels with the Roving Art Cart through Friday, August 4th.


Are you a pregnant woman or the parent or guardian of young children? Women Infants and Children (WIC) benefits can provide you with nutrition counseling, supplemental food, breastfeeding support, farmers market vouchers, and referrals for health care, community services, and immunizations.

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