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The Brookline Christian Food Pantry will be open on April 11, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or until 200 packages are distributed, whichever comes first. Food will be distributed at the playground side of Tree of Life Open Bible Church, 1036 Brookline Blvd Pittsburgh PA 15226. For the safety of our community, please remember the following important points regarding this weekend’s distribution:

Please look for uniformed officers to assist with traffic flow.

Please do not come early. We will not be able to distribute early.

Enter Chelton Ave from Oakridge St moving toward Queensboro Ave.

Please do not leave your vehicle. If you are walking see the notes below.

Put flashers on and patiently wait for a spot to open on Chelton Ave in front of the playground.

Items will be placed directly into your trunk.

If you are walking, please maintain social distancing. Please stay outside of the fenced area. Check ins will take place at an outdoor tent. Groceries will be picked up at the second gate.

With highest consideration of safety, all volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves while preparing and delivering packages to vehicles. Any volunteers that are sick or showing any symptoms are being asked to stay home.

New families that are in need of emergency food will be asked to check in before receiving food. A family can prefill out their form by texting FOOD to 412-744-8003. Prefilling out the form does NOT GUARANTEE a package will be available on Saturday - it will just streamline the process on Saturday and minimize the need to stand in line for a lengthy period of time.

Welcome to the Brookline Christian Food Pantry

The Pantry is run by volunteers with a heart to feed the hungry in our community. Listed below are operating guidelines that are in place to help make your visit with us go smoothly and keep us in compliance with the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and the Department of Agriculture.

 VERIFICATION PROCESS: All clients must provide the documentation needed for the annual verification process in order to receive food. The verification is done in July of each year. The required documentation includes:  proof of residency (a piece of mail, a utility bill, etc) and a valid photo ID card.

 Monthly Visit Process: Each month all clients will be asked to confirm:

        -The number of family members between the ages of 0-5, 6-12, 13-17, 18-34, 35-59, 60+

        - Do you receive food stamps? Are you legally disabled? Are you a veteran?

 Our volunteers gather to bag and distribute food on the second Saturday of the month with the exception of August when we open on the first Saturday of the month. The doors open for volunteers at 7:30am.

 The pantry opens to clients from 9:00am – 11:00am. Due to the limited space in the pantry we must ask clients to wait outside until the doors open at 9:00am. Please dress accordingly.

 When you first enter the food pantry you will receive a number. Seating is provided to make your wait more comfortable. When your number is called you will proceed to the front table to complete the sign in process.

 If you are unable to come to the food bank on the designated food bank Saturday, you may send a friend or family member to pick up your food. A “Proxy form” must be completed, giving authorization for that person to pick up your food.

 We are not staffed to deliver food beyond the front curb. We have a limited number of volunteers and they must remain at the food pantry to be available to help all clients.

 Due to the limited amount of food at the pantry, each client may be given food only once a month.

 We ask that you make every effort to arrive on the scheduled food bank day before 11:00am. Those arriving later cannot be guaranteed to receiving food.

Everyone is encouraged to visit the Clothing Room when you come on food distribution days.  All items are free of charge.

Brookline Christian Food Pantry reserves the right to refuse service to any individuals who may become abusive or make personal threats to any of our volunteers.

*The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientations, and marital or family status.

Volunteers Needed

We can always use extra sets of hands unloading the distribution truck the Thursday before Food Bank. To volunteer, arrive at the church at 7:30am.

We Serve the following zip codes.

15226, 15227, 15210, 15216, 15234

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 2015

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) E-mail: [email protected].
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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