Area residents may qualify for free produce, to be distributed on the Hilltop, and have an opportunity to sign up for Meals on Wheels if they qualify.
Eligible households in the 15203, 15210, 15211 and Carrick residents in 15227 zip codes can pick up fresh produce from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. No pre-registration is required. The distributions will be held at St. John Vianney Church parking lot (inside the Food Pantry if the weather is bad), Allentown, off E. Warrington Avenue at Climax and Allen streets.
Fresh Fridays will end for the year after the November 8 distribution and will resume in April 2014. There will not be a distribution in December, January, February or March.
Eligible households are those with household income at or below 150 percent of the poverty level. The income guidelines are:
Household Size Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $16,755 $1,397 $323
2 $22,670 $1,891 $437
3 $28,635 $2,387 $552
4 $34,576 $2,882 $666
Person Add: $5,730 $495 $116
Even if a household doesn't qualify based on income, all of the following conditions qualify a household for Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop: receiving unemployment compensation, food stamps, cash assistance or medical assistance, SSI, or Social Security Disability. Also, those who are experiencing a crisis situation are always welcome. Produce to People and food pantry users are also welcome.
Those coming should bring proof of zip code residency such as a rent receipt, utility bill receipt, mortgage payment receipt, valid state ID, or a valid driver's license. Also, they should bring bags, boxes or rolling carts as they will not be provided.
Those coming for the produce are advised not to arrive before 4 p.m. – arriving early does not mean early service.
Arlington Meals on Wheels will have a table set up with staff present at this month's Fresh Friday for anyone interested in receiving information about the program as well as for fast and easy sign-ups. If you or anyone you know is over 60 or disabled and need help preparing meals, the program offers meals delivered straight to the home for $5 a day.
Fresh Fridays on the Hilltop is sponsored by the Hilltop Alliance, Allentown CDC, Beltzhoover Civic Association, Brashear Association, St. John Vianney Church and Food Pantry, and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Volunteers and donations are welcomed. For information go to www.pghhilltopalliance.org or to volunteer or donate, contact the Hilltop Alliance at 412-586-5807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.