Food drive

The Food Bank Counts on Hometown Fans
Pittsburgh, PA (November 10, 2008) – The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank are once again teaming up to tackle hunger with the Steelers Food Drive at Heinz Field this Sunday, November 16, when the San Diego Chargers come to town for a 4:15 p.m. matchup.
            Fans attending the game are asked to bring nutritious non-perishable food and grocery items (list of most desired items at the end of this release) beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday. They may also make cash donations to Food Bank volunteers who will be stationed at the gates. "Inventory at the Food Bank is very low," said Joyce Rothermel, CEO of the Food Bank, "so our community partner food drives are critical this year. We are all affected in some way by this economic downturn, but in hard times, I know that Steelers fans will try to help their neighbors if they can."
Food Bank collection barrels and volunteers will be at gates A, B and C, and the Food Bank truck will be parked along Art Rooney Avenue, from 1:00 p.m. until shortly after kickoff at 4:15 p.m.
            Armchair fans watching the game on TV can still help the Steelers feed hungry people by checking out the Steelers Virtual Food Drive. Visit click on the Food Drive link and follow instructions for the Virtual Food Drive. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can purchase $5.00 worth of groceries, plus all online donations are tax deductible.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, is a nonprofit organization committed to eliminating hunger and developing collaborative strategies to encourage self-reliance in southwestern Pennsylvania. Distributing more than 20 million pounds of food per year to 380 member agencies, the Food Bank serves approximately 120,000 people per year, of whom 37,000 are children. Located in an award-winning "green" warehouse in Duquesne, the Food Bank depends upon private and corporate donors, and volunteers who help with food repackaging, clerical work, special events, and harvesting activities. For every $1.00 donated, the Food Bank is able to purchase $5.00 worth of goods and services.
Most-needed items: Canned meats, tuna (water-packed), canned beans, low-sugar cereal, peanut butter, canned juice (100% juice), canned vegetables and fruit (packed in juice). Paper products, personal care items, diapers (baby and adult). Non-perishable items only; no glass containers please.

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