UPMC Health Plan Helps To Feed Area's Needy
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (December 3, 2003) Thanksgiving Day favorites such as cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie filling as well as everyday necessities such as shampoo and toothpaste were all included in the 25 boxes of needed items that UPMC Health Plan employees donated to the Food Bank at St. Paul's Cathedral in Oakland.
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank was in desperate need of food this year because its original food suppliers were selling their leftovers to warehouse clubs instead of giving them to the Food Bank. This situation, combined with the Thanksgiving holiday, left the Food Bank and its recipients in very short supply.
The call for help went out to Health Plan employees on November 14, and within one week they had donated the 25 boxes of food and $500. As a way to raise funds, the Health Plan offered a Thanksgiving Jeans Day. By donating $5 to the Food Bank or bringing in at least three non-perishable food items, employees were able to wear their jeans to work.
On November 21, UPMC Health Plan sent all of the contributions to the St. Paul's Cathedral location at the request of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank serves over 120,000 individuals and works with a network of close to 350 member agencies located throughout the 11-county region of southwestern Pennsylvania. These agencies include smaller county-wide food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, daycare centers for both senior citizens and children, personal care homes, homeless shelters, shelters for battered women and their children, drug rehabilitation centers, the Meals on Wheels program for the elderly, and after-school programs for youth.