Small (20 items or less) food and household donations can be dropped off during our distribution times, which are currently Wednesdays from 3-7 PM and Fridays from 1-5 PM. Donations can be left on the Thackeray Avenue side porch of Bellefield Presbyterian Church (4001 Fifth Avenue) during these times, in the plastic bin labeled “Donations for Pitt Pantry.” To arrange a larger donation drop-off, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of our most needed items right now include:
- Gluten free foods, especially pasta
- Kosher certified foods
- Snacks, such as granola bars, trail mix, popcorn, etc.
- Household disinfecting cleaners (i.e. Lysol, Clorox wipes)
In addition to in-kind donations, we also welcome financial support through the Office of Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement. To donate, click this link, then click “Choose areas to support” under the Designations heading and scroll or type in “PittServes– Pitt Pantry”.
Fun fact: A $5.00 donation allows us to buy 100 pounds of fresh produce from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank!
Special COVID-19 Note: Due to social distancing and building usage requirements, we are not recruiting or utilizing volunteers for this spring semester. Check back for updates closer to summer!
Meet the 2020-2021 Pitt Pantry Executive Board
President – Izabella Weiler
My name is Izabella and I’m the President of the Pitt Pantry. I’m a senior Molecular Biology major with a concentration in Biochemistry and I’ve been involved with the Pantry since my very first semester at Pitt. I’ve supported the Pantry in a variety of roles including as a Food Recovery Specialist and Pantry Guide, and my involvement with the organization has significantly and positively shaped my university experience. I am also involved in the Doctors Without Borders Student Chapter at Pitt and the Pitt Equestrian Team. I was born in England and my parents currently live in Vancouver!
VP of Food Procurement – Emily Pavlowski
Hello! My name is Emily and I am a senior Chemistry major that has been with the Pitt Pantry for 4 years. My pronouns are she/ her/ hers. I work at Pitt’s Dental School as a work study student, and I am currently applying to Dental School. I am also a member of Alpha Delta Pi. The pantry is something very important to me. I have been volunteering here since my freshman year and have fallen in love with the organization. Each week I feel like I am making an impact on the health and wellbeing of others.
VP of Events, Marketing and Outreach – Anita Bargaje
Hello! My name is Anita, and this is my 3rd year with the pantry. I am a junior majoring in computational biology with a certificate in global health.My pronouns are she/ her/ hers. Outside of the classroom I like to spend my time outdoors and play ultimate frisbee with my team. I also enjoy conducting medically related research and volunteering at nearby hospitals.I’ve been able to interact with a multitude of grateful customers and volunteers through the pantry and for that I will forever be grateful.I wish to continue fighting against hunger through any means that I am able to which is why I stand with the Pitt Pantry and its mission of helping others.
VP of Volunteer Management – Manasi Thirumoorthi
Hi! My name is Manasi and I am the VP of Volunteer Management at the Pantry. I am currently a senior in the nursing program. I have been volunteering at the Pantry since 2017. I am a brother of my fraternity Phi Sigma Pi and work as a TA. I love to sing, cook, bake, and play my ukulele! I hope to increase the visibility of the Pantry as a resource on our campus. The main project I have been working on is planning events to keep our volunteers engaged during this unprecedented semester!
VP of Data Management – Nora Kraus
Hello! My name is Nora and I am currently serving as the VP of Data Management for the Pitt Pantry. I’m currently a Junior here at Pitt studying supply chain management and marketing with certificates in business analytics and leadership/ethics. When not on campus, you can most likely find me trying a new coffee shop or going for a run in Schenley Park. I’ve been a volunteer with the pantry since my freshman year here at Pitt; the Pitt Pantry was the very first thing I became involved in here at Pitt and has allowed me to explore an important dimension of the food chain that I have become very passionate about. Being the VP of Data Management has been a rewarding experience and has provided me the opportunity to apply my previous experiences with data analytics with my involvement here at the Pantry and better understand the complexity of the Pitt Pantry as a whole.