You know the saying, “one man’s trash is another person’s treasure?” Well, one person’s spring cleaning can be another’s success. Make sure to make your donations count by donating to one of the following organizations:

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Food

412 Food Rescue

Did you know that “over 40% of food produced is wasted” – every year? Yet, millions of people still go hungry every day. At 412 Food Rescue, they tackle this problem by collection donations that would otherwise go to waste. With donations like yours, they help feed individuals and families all throughout the PIttsburgh area. 

How to Donate: Visit their website for details about food donation guidelines.

North Hill Community Outreach (NHCO) Food Pantry

This organization serves over 700 families a month. Helping keep all kinds of  families fed, their food pantry is one of only six gluten free food pantries in the area. NHCO operates three pantries in three locations: Allison Park, Millvale and Bellevue.

How to Donate: Please contact Kelly Strutt, Food Pantries Coordinator, at kdstrutt@nhco.org 412-487-6316.

Clothing

Dress for Success Pittsburgh

Put your clothing to work – literally! By donating to Dress for Success, you’ll help a woman better prepare himself for the workforce through building a professional wardrobe. This national organization mission is to provide “a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” Donation guidelines are listed on their website.

How to donate: Allegheny, Email onations@dressforsuccesspittsburgh.org  to schedule a contactless drop-off. Washington, Email genevieve@dressforsuccesspittsburgh.org to schedule a contactless drop-off. 

Household, Clothing, and Misc. Items

Thriftique

Located in Lawrenceville, Thriftique accepts a variety of donations – just like it supports a variety of programs. Operated by National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section ,  all profits help support community projects and initiatives. Current partners include Suit Yourself, Children Rooms in the Courts, and the Center for Women. 

How to donate: Drop by the storefront from 8am-2pm on weekdays. 

East End Community Thrift ( Thrifty)

Associated with the Thomas Merton Center, Thrifty provides “ quality, low-cost, used clothing and household goods” to community members in need. In 80+ years of operations, Thrifty has partnered with 100+ programs to help provide service to all kinds of individuals and families. Thrifty accepts clothing, household, and care products. Learn more about their donation guidelines. Current needs are trash bags, toilet paper, and paper towels. 

How to donate: Visit Thrifty ( 5123 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224) or call (412) 361-6010.

Free Store ( Braddock)

The Free Store gives items away for…free! As the name suggests, the Free Store helps underserved community members gain access to food, clothing, and household items. Operating out of a shipping container, this space supports the community from Braddock and beyond. Their operations currently serve all of Alleghany county. Consistently in-demand items are: baby clothing, formula, diapers, and household items. 

How to donate: Email freestore15104@gmail.com for more information about donating. 

Free Store ( Wilkinsburg)

Same concept as Free Store at Braddock. Donations guidelines vary at this location, and have been altered due to COVID-19. 

How to donate: Visit during donation hours, Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30am or Wednesdays 10:00am-1:00pm

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Katherine Lewis

A Virginia native, Katherine moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After earning her B.A. in Media and Professional Communications in December 2019, Katherine begun working as a Marketing Intern and Public Relations for two different Pittsburgh-based organizations. She loves to travel, read ( big Carnegie Library fan), and explore Pittsburgh during her free time! All while fueled by an unnecessary amount of caffeine, of course.

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