Meeting basic needs
Thousands of our neighbors struggle with hunger, poverty and making a better life for their families. Together with the South Hills community, SHIM can help.
SHIM’s fully stocked food pantries help our neighbors put healthy meals on the table. In 2018, SHIM provided 359,385 meals to more than 3,500 neighbors in need.
Our three fully stocked food pantries at SHIM Center at Bethel Park, Whitehall Presbyterian Church and Baldwin United Presbyterian Church are available to eligible neighbors in the following South Hills school districts: Baldwin-Whitehall, Bethel Park, South Park, Keystone Oaks, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair. In addition to food, cleaning and personal care items are also available. Diapers are offered thanks to a partnership with the Western PA Diaper Bank and pet food is available thanks to Animal Friends.
To protect the public, shop-thru style pantries will be temporarily suspended and items will be offered via pre-packaged boxes. Pantry volunteers will implement safe distancing, wear gloves at all times, and sanitize all surfaces.
To register to use the food pantries, please contact:
The Community Closet at SHIM is located at SHIM Center and is open to everyone in the community. Families and individuals are welcome to “shop” at no charge for seasonally appropriate clothing and other necessary items. Last year, 2,212 neighbors visited the Community Closet.
For more information, please contact:
If your utility service has been terminated, or is in threat of termination, you can apply to receive a one-time utility assistance grant through the Dollar Energy program. In 2018, we helped 80 families receive more than $31,000 in utility assistance from the Dollar Energy Fund. Additionally, SHIM helped connect more than 150 families with assistance from LIHEAP, CAP and ALCOSAN.
To receive utility assistance, you must first call SHIM and make an appointment. Review the requirements here.
SHIM staff can also help connect households with other utility assistance resources including LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and CAP (Customer Assistance Programs).
For more information, please call:
SHIM offers a wide range of services and programs, however, we are not the only community resource. Corrie, our on-site service coordinator is here to help connect you to services here at SHIM and in the community.
For more information and referrals, please contact: