Host a drive

Thanks for your interest in hosting a drive for SHIM. We know that if a family is in crisis, they may lack access to basic human needs like food, clothing and personal items like shampoo, diapers and linens. About 30% of food and all of the clothing we distribute each year comes from generous community donors like you.

Consider hosting a drive as a service project for cub scouts or girl scouts, or as a mitzvah project for your bar or bat mitzvah. Donation drives are also a great way to log community service hours and volunteer with community groups. From sports teams to congregations, neighbors like you can have a huge impact when you host a drive for SHIM.

Food Drive

SHIM purchases needed items for our pantries from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. As certain foods are not always available for wholesale purchase at the Food Bank, our most needed items are listed below.

Most needed items for SHIM’s food pantries

  • Dried beans and lentils
  • Rice
  • Pasta sauce in jars
  • Cereal and oatmeal
  • Soup (especially low sodium)
  • Adult diapers, especially L and XL
  • Diapers sizes 3-6
  • Baby food
  • Dog food
  • Personal care items (shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine items, etc.)

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Most needed items for our refugee and immigrant neighbors

  • Dried beans (kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans, etc.)
  • Lentils
  • Rice
  • Flour
  • Cooking Oil
  • Sugar
  • Spices and seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, chili powder, turmeric, etc.)
  • Diapers

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Interested in hosting a food drive?


Download the customizable drive poster and/or this food drive sign and complete the form below.

Donation Drive

You can also host a donation drive, where you encourage your community to give gifts of check or cash donations. SHIM purchases 70% of the food that is distributed at our pantries. With 500% buying power at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, that means every $1 can buy $5 worth of groceries.

Interested in hosting a donation drive?

Create a Facebook fundraiser
Start a crowdfunding campaign

Promote your drive on social media by tagging SHIM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn. You can also encourage your donors to sign up for our email list using this form.

Interested in seeing firsthand the impact of your drive? We’re happy to schedule a tour of our food pantry with your donation drop off. Find out how many pounds of food you’ve collected and see how SHIM uses donated items to feed neighbors.

We love to highlight the good work of our neighbors with the community. Please share pictures of your donation drive with us at

For more information contact:

Rachel White

(412) 854-9120 ext. 112