Media Contacts: Jay Poliziani, for Northside Common Ministries, P: 412-323-1163 x7
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Walmart Foundation grant helps area’s largest food pantry become accessible to those with disabilities
Pittsburgh, PA – October 19 – Community members, volunteers and nonprofit leaders celebrated Monday as the Northside Common Ministries (NCM) unveiled its newly renovated facilities on the North Side.
NCM, an affiliate of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, operates the largest food pantry in Western PA. The Walmart Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to support the improvements, which made the facility more accessible to those with disabilities.
“NCM’s Food Pantry is extremely important to so many food insecure individuals in the North Side area,” said Jay Poliziani, Director of Northside Common Ministries. “These improvements were greatly needed and will allow more people to use the Pantry without difficulties.”
In addition to the Walmart Foundation grant, NCM raised over $12,000 in crowdfunding from local volunteers. The total was enough to renovate the facility and have funds left over to fully stock the pantry for months.
”Goodwill and Northside Common Ministries are very grateful to the Walmart Foundation for their support of this project and their overall commitment to our region as a whole,” said Mike Smith, President/CEO of Goodwill SWPA.
Volunteers and supporters from the community gathered for a party Monday evening as volunteers cut the ribbon on the newly upgraded pantry.
“As a company, Walmart operates globally but looks for opportunities to give back locally. We are committed to using our scale and reach to help solve some of the challenges our communities face. We couldn’t be more proud to work with the Northside Common Ministries and Goodwill to take our number one goal: ending hunger in the United States,” said Dena Wilson, Walmart Regional Manager.
The new facility is fully operational as it prepares to serve the community during the busy holiday season.
About Northside Common Ministries
Northside Common Ministries is a non-sectarian, non-profit, community-based organization established in 1982 by a collaboration of 30 local churches to meet the increasing needs of the homeless population. An affiliate unit of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, NCM operates the Pleasant Valley Emergency Shelter for men who are homeless, the Northside Community Food Pantry, and a Permanent Housing Program for men with disabilities. Their work is supported and facilitated by hundreds of volunteers, including members of more than 60 church congregations who provide evening meals for Shelter residents throughout the year.
About Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.