The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Steelers organization are helping bring food to children in a big way. Through partnering with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Summer Food Program will establish 33 distribution sites with the goal of providing more than 44,000 meals to students in high-need communities this summer. It’s a great example of local organizations coming together to help make a difference!

United Way Steelers Summer Food Program
Photo Credit: Steelers.com

This is all thanks to the Rooney family, Lebda family, and ownership, coaches and players from the Steelers. This past April the Steelers made awesome donations to the United Way during the NFL’s Draft-A-Thon. 

“The pandemic has deeply impacted thousands of children in our area and millions around the country,” United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania president and CEO Bobbi Watt Geer said in a statement. “We’re grateful to the Steelers organization for their generosity and for recognizing this critical need in our community. Food will continue to be a large concern over the next several months as this situation further unfolds.”

During the United Way press release, Steelers President Art Rooney II added how the organizations joining together will have an impact on helping the community. 

“I am pleased that Steelers ownership, coaches and players have come together to partner with the United Way to support these efforts to address food security throughout the region,” said Rooney.

The United Way has been taking many steps to help the community during this time, including using its Emergency Basic Needs Network to help financially struggling individuals and families; establishing the Students and Families Food Relief Fund; building a Transportation Network to deliver meals and personal protective equipment across the region; garnering resources and guidance to help establish in-person summer camps for students; finding innovative and safe ways to engage volunteers; and supporting seniors in need through its Open Your Heart to a Senior program. 

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

Josh McCann is a contributing writer for Made in PGH, where he writes about events and music. He's a Point Park University alumnus, musician, and founder of the music blog Where The Bands Are. His writing on rock and roll has appeared in the Globe and the Northside Chronicle.

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