The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is 89 years old and is the largest social and educational service provider and advocacy agency devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream community in Southwestern Pennsylvani
Jim Jackson of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh goes to a Murrysville food bank every few months just to see if anybody in the queue qualifies for food stamps.
When he made his last field trip, he signed up a record number at this Westmoreland County food bank, based in a suburb where the median household income tops $76,000, U.S. Census-based estimates show, more than $30,000 higher than the statewide average."We were in Mothers of Sorrows Church, and there were 14 persons there who we signed in for food stamps," said Mr. Jackson."I can't tell you how many people I talk to each day who are crying, who never thought they would have to get food stamps," he said.
Attorneys Against Hunger to begin Nov. 17 - Allegheny County Bar Foundation
Jim Jackson, program manager for hunger services at the Urban League of Pittsburgh, stated in a letter to the ACBF that the agency expects to serve 400 families this Thanksgiving.
That number represents an increase from last year of an additional 100 families who are in need of food.
Jackson said last year's distribution was a success, in part, because of the help provided by the AAH volunteers.
He said approximately 75 volunteers are needed to ensure that all families receive their food in a timely and proper fashion.