About the Recipients
Visit the website links below to learn more about our grant recipients’ projects.
Bible Center Church – Oasis Project
Organization’s Mission: to create oases—places of peace, safety and happiness in the midst of trouble and difficulty. Their goals are to provide programs and services for Homewood youth with a particular focus on education, employment and entrepreneurship; to create community-based businesses that employ young people and Homewood residents; and to acquire and redevelop vacant and abandoned properties in Homewood.
Program Description/Goals: BF,BM uses a holistic approach to teach Homewood and Lincoln/Larimer elementary and middle-school students to understand the life cycle of food, the value of good nutrition, and the importance of learning to cook foods that will improve health and well-being. The goal is for students to understand how to grow, cook and consume healthy food and the ways in which good nutrition contributes to healthy minds, bodies and a healthier lifestyle.
Fayette County Community Action Agency – Let’s Get Cooking
Organization’s Mission: to strengthen individuals and families to become more self-sufficient, achieving their potential by taking advantage of opportunities, improving the conditions in which they live, and taking ownership of their community. Our promise to the community states that “Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.”
Program Description/Goals: The “Let’s Get Cooking” program conducts classes on procurement and preparation of healthy foods. Families will increase the number of meals cooked each week (including fresh fruits and vegetables), increasing confidence in preparing and cooking their own food and experiencing positive dietary improvement.
Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle
Note: G2G funded PBBC in 2015 and 2016
Organization’s Mission: to promote, protect and support breastfeeding as the optimal feeding method for women and children of African descent and to increase knowledge regarding short- and long-term nutrition goals and a healthy lifestyle.
Program Description/Goals: Addressing the nutritional deficits and lower numbers of breastfeeding in the African American community, PBBC is a critical source of support to these women and families. PBBC works with other health organizations to promote themselves in social and other media, invite community discussion, provide breastfeeding support and education, and to train and support breastfeeding mentors and group leaders through regional and national lactation conferences.
South Hills Interfaith Movement – Community Gardens
Note: G2G funded SHIM in 2015 and 2016
Organization’s Mission: SHIM is a human services organization dedicated to reducing the crippling effects of rapidly increasing suburban poverty. SHIM mobilizes community resources and implements sustainable programs that compassionately help our neighbors meet basic needs, achieve self-sufficiency, and build community.
Program Description/Goals: SHIM has 15 gardens that supply fresh food for their food pantries and multiple opportunities for families and children to experience growing and preparing nutritious food. Our grant was to continue support of their community vegetable garden program; approximately 600 children benefited from this grant.
United Methodist Church Union – Kids Meal Network
Organization’s Mission: To transform communities, lives, and hearts.
Program Description/Goals: During the summer months, many children in Pittsburgh’s most disadvantaged communities do not get a hot meal at home. KMN provides a hot, nutritious meal for any child who comes to our feeding centers during the out-of-school summer break.