Urban Survival Programs
Urban Survival Food Programs
Food Pantry: WCM purchases boxed and canned food from the Pittsburgh Food Bank and distributes it to needy individuals and families. Food is distributed, based on family size, to those who are in a crisis situation in need of emergency food. Currently, a referral from a social worker or a church affiliate is required to receive food from the pantry, and an appointment must be made.
Free Bread Wednesday: Giant Eagle makes bread donations to WCM, which we offer every Wednesday morning to anyone in the community who needs bread.
Holiday Food Drive: WCM distributes holiday food bags to local Wilkinsburg residents. Individuals and families can sign up for either Thanksgiving or Christmas, and the food is distributed prior to the holiday. Most food is purchased from the Pittsburgh Food Bank and Giant Eagle gift cards are distributed in order for families to buy turkeys and/or hams. Some of the vouchers are donated and some are purchased by WCM.
Over 130 Wilkinsburg families were served for both Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2008.
Urban Survival - Household and Basic Needs
Energy Assistance Program: WCM provides assistance with LIHEAP/CRISIS applications and Dollar Energy Fund applications for individuals and families who cannot afford their heating or water bill. Requests can be made only if the utility company has completely shut-off services. WCM is the only energy assistance provider in the region.
Furniture and Clothing Program: WCM accepts clothing and furniture donations and distributes them to people on an as-needed basis.
If you need assistance, please contact us.
If you would like to donate or volunteer for these programs, please contact us . We are always looking for assistance and our community members will appreciate it!