Empowering people. Stabilizing neighborhoods. One family at a time.

Food Assistance Program

Brashear’s Tangible Assistance Services provide immediate, short-term assistance to low-income individuals and families through two food pantries, the holiday assistance program, and utility assistance counseling.

Holiday assistance services provide food and toys to several hundred families during the winter season. This major initiative involved the coordination of donors and resources to meet needs of families throughout the Brashear service area.

The Brashear Association’s food pantry provides food and other commodities to low-income individuals and families two days each week at Brashear and Kaufmann Centers.  Participants may obtain food every month. Information concerning public benefits and other services is also available.

Locations:

Brashear Center, 2005 Sarah Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Henry Kaufmann Neighborhood House, 2201 Salisbury Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210

Hours of Operation:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

IMPACT

  • Annually, over 1,000 unduplicated residents are served from the communities of Arlington, Bon Air, Carrick, Knoxville, Mt. Oliver, and South Side.
  • Brashear Association distributed 58,000 pounds (29 tons!) of food from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank through our two neighborhood food pantries.
  • An additional 1,200 cans of food and nearly $10,000 were collected through the South Side Mid-Winter Soup Contest, sponsored by the South Side Local Development Company.
  • Brashear estimates that an average pantry order provides households with enough food for 10 meals per person. Since this time last year, the agency’s pantries provided 72,000 meals, reallocating approximately $216,000 for families to use for other critical needs.

"When Mt. Oliver resident Fred, age 65, was injured and on Social Security, he relied on Brashear’s food pantry as “a bridge over troubled water, a nutritional reservoir and a blessing.” He wants anyone feeling a bit uncomfortable or embarrassed to know that they will be welcomed by friendly, courteous staff. “I had to eat my pride but now that I am on my feet again, I try to give back,” Fred explains.