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Wilkinsburg Community Ministry (WCM) is a 501(c)(3) community nonprofit. Since 1968, WCM has provided such essential basic necessities as food, clothing and energy assistance to Wilkinsburg residents.

WCM Mission

Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, a non-profit organization supported by area residents, congregations and community organizations, responds to persistent needs of people of all faiths, addressing the human service crises in our community.

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WCM shares food. We offer our neighbors a diversified and, we hope, sustainable, source of fresh food in addition to a variety of processed foods provided by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Community food banks and their network of pantries are designed around an emergency model to provide food in such one-off circumstances as a natural disaster (hurricane, flood), military disasters (9/11) and economic/medical disasters (pandemic).

Initially these were considered as short-term challenges, not the long-term crises that they have become, and certainly not the life-long crisis that our neighbors in Wilkinsburg, Homewood, Edgewood and Swissvale face due to the income disparity endemic in our region. With fresh food provided by  local gardeners and relationships with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and 412 Food Rescue, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, we anticipate a more balanced source of foods.

We serve approximately 5,000 residents per year, including senior citizens, citizens with disabilities, at-risk youth and families who are economically challenged, underemployed or facing emergency situations.

Wilkinsburg’s challenges are well publicized. In the past forty years, the community has seen a decline in income and the departure of businesses. Wilkinsburg residents – current and former – continue to work to revitalize their borough, rejuvenate the education system and to solve the problems associated with poverty. The outcomes of our programs include reducing hunger in Wilkinsburg, ensuring the health and well-being of our senior citizen neighbors, helping economically-challenged families have basic necessities, such as food, diapers, and clothing, and keeping Wilkinsburg streets safer through partnerships with educational and after-school youth programs. We welcome you to learn more about our Food Sharing program. We urge you to get involved in the Wilkinsburg community by volunteering and/or making a donation.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: WCM DOES NOT do Meals on  Wheels

WCM no longer does Meals on Wheels. To sign up for Meals on Wheels: Please call the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging Senior Line to determine eligibility at 412-350-5460. They will (should) refer you to the proper agency that serves your area.

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