Fresh Fridays

Fresh FridaysHilltop Alliance, in partnership with other Hilltop organizations, started Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop to increase the availability of and access to fresh produce in the Hilltop. This project has operated since October 2012 and serves approximately 200 families from the 15203, 15210, and 15211 Hilltop zip codes per event.  The event occurs every second Friday of the month at St. John Vianney Parish (823 Climax Street) in Allentown.

Our monthly free fresh produce distributions will resume in April 2018!  Distributions are also regularly advertised in the free, weekly-distributed South Pittsburgh Reporter.  Please call the United Way at 2-1-1 if you need immediate food assistance.

In the fall of 2012, Hilltop Alliance was approached by member groups and community residents about the need for access to fresh produce, and subsequently our Board agreed to “make something happen”. To that end, the Alliance has worked with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB), St. John Vianney Food Pantry, and the Brashear Association to make this event the success that it is.

Qualified households must meet GPCFB criteria of having a household income equal to or less than 150% of the poverty level (updated chart to be available closer to April 2017) in order to get free produce - approximately 40 lbs. per family. We also welcome those receiving unemployment compensation, food stamps, cash assistance or medical assistance, SSI, Social Security Disability, and those who are experiencing a crisis situation, as well as Produce to People and food pantry users.  Additional items such as bread, meat, and dairy products are distributed when they are available from the Food Bank.  This effort is staffed by volunteers from all partner organizations.

Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop seeks to fill a most immediate gap in access to fresh produce. Hilltop Alliance is also looking at food insecurity (hunger) in the Hilltop with the GPCFB and evaluating the need for additional farm stands and markets, including tying this effort to our Green ToolBox Assessment and the need for community gardens.

Income Guidelines

Household Size Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $17,820 $1,450 $343
2 $24,030 $2,003 $462
3 $30,240 $2,520 $582
4 $36,450 $3,038 $701
Each Additional Person Add: $6,240 $520 $120