Pittsburgh, Pa. (March 1, 2016) – South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) urges the community to help combat hunger in the South Hills through its annual ‘Sack Hunger’ campaign. Taking place now – March 31, SHIM hopes to raise more than $100,000 to support its two current food pantries, along with the opening of a third this month.
Both the Westminster Presbyterian Church and The Casey Family Foundation will match donations up to $35,000 for the ‘Sack Hunger’ campaign. Westminster Presbyterian Church recently committed to $10,000 in matching funds, while The Casey Family Foundation will contribute $25,000.
“Our food pantry is often the first step to receiving help here at SHIM. From here, we can help lift our neighbors up to self-sufficiency through our various other services,” said James Guffey, executive director, SHIM. “This is why our annual Sack Hunger campaign is so important. It takes a great deal of commitment, dollars and resources to keep our pantry running all year round.”
Annually, nearly $300,000 is dedicated to SHIM’s food pantry operations. The monetary contributions, food, and personal care products donated during Sack Hunger allow SHIM to continue providing this service to its beneficiaries consistently throughout the entire year.
In response to the increasing need in the South Hills, SHIM will open a new food pantry at Baldwin United Presbyterian, March 8. Part of the food and donations collected through ‘Sack Hunger’ will support its opening and operations.
The community can get involved with Sack Hunger in several ways: contributing a monetary donation to SHIM’s food pantry operations, hosting a food or donation drive at work or school, dropping off items to SHIM’s pantry, or shopping online using Amazon Smile.
For more information, please visit SHIM’s website at www.shimcares.org.
South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) is a human services organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in need across the South Hills. This includes working to reduce the devastating effects of suburban poverty among the working poor, unemployed, families, single parents, senior citizens, women, and the high concentration of refugee families in its service area. SHIM works to identify the most critical needs across the South Hills, then develops and implements effective solutions. SHIM aims to empower individuals and families to achieve stability and self-sufficiency by offering short-term help with basic needs (food, clothing, utilities) and longer-term support (employment, financial planning, youth programs, family support) to help people build and sustain promising futures.