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Serve a Meal at Northside Common Ministries

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Every day of the year, generous volunteers from churches throughout the Pittsburgh area prepare, deliver, and serve evening meals for the shelter residents.  Hundreds of volunteers from over 60 area churches are involved in this important and much appreciated process.

“The main reason I prepare and serve the meal is that I enjoy knowing I am making a difference in the lives of the men who stay at the shelter.  They are always very appreciative.  A secondary reason is that by having my family help prepare the meal and serve the men at the shelter, they learn important life lessons as well.”

~ Michelle Mansfield, volunteer from Ridgewood Assembly of God

Volunteer at Northside Food Pantry

Since the pantry’s beginning, it has been staffed and run largely by volunteers in the neighborhood.  There are many different ways you can volunteer your time to help, such as: pantry volunteer, clean and prep volunteer, delivery truck volunteer, on-call volunteer and a one-time volunteer. Contact us at 412-323-1170 or

Coordinate a Collection Day!

Help those in need in your community by organizing food drives and much needed item collections at your local church, school, community group or place of employment.

  • Our Northside Food Pantry is always in need of peanut butter, pasta sauce, soup, laundry detergent, paper towels, and bathroom tissue.  All canned and boxed non perishable items are in demand as well. You can also purchase food online via Amazon and send it directly to the pantry!  To organize a food drive contact us at 412-323-1170 or
  • Pleasant Valley Emergency Shelter is always in need of shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, underwear (sizes 32-44), t-shirts (medium to 3XL) and tube socks.  To coordinate a toiletries or underwear drive, contact us at 412-323-1163 or
  • Permanent Supportive Housing participants are in need of twin size sheet sets, new bath towels, laundry detergent, and cleaning products. To coordinate a housewares drive, contact us at 412-323-1163 or


When you donate to Northside Common Ministries, you are giving individuals a second chance and supporting those in need. Your gift is the difference between being homeless and finding a home, going hungry and having enough to provide for one’s family. Your tax-deductible gift matters and your gift offers hope. Thank you for your continued support of our work. Click here to donate to Northside Common Ministries.