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About Us

 

Garden City UMC Food Pantry is located in the Garden City community of Monroeville, PA. We provide supplemental food assistance to about 80 families a month. We believe in treating our clients with dignity and respect. Our pantry provides a shop through experience where clients can select the food items that they like and therefore will use. A wide variety of nutritious foods are available. Clients are provided with a choice of canned goods as well as bread, milk, eggs, cheese, meats and fresh produce.

We encourage our clients to select foods that will lead to proper nutrition while taking their personal dietary and health issues into consideration. Eating well helps to reduce the risk of physical health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

 

We believe in promoting the importance of a nutritious diet and hope that will lead our clients to enjoy the benefits of overall good health.

Mission Statement

 

To provide monthly supplemental food assistance of nutritional foods to families in need, in order to promote overall good health.

 

To provide emergency food supplies to families in crisis situations.

 

History
Garden City UMC Food Pantry was initially formed by members of the Garden City United Methodist Church in 1980. It was formed to address the needs of the Monroeville community and to make sure food was available for all in need. In 1980, Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas were going through a lot of change due to the decline of the steel industry. The unemployment rate was very high and many people found themselves either unemployed or under employed. It was a stressful time and several families were unable to provide food for their loved ones. It was out of that compassion and concern for others that the Garden City Food Pantry was formed. The food pantry has grown considerably in the past 40 years. However, the need to help provide people with food still remains.