Office of Mayor William Peduto
Afterschool Meal Program Expands To Western Neighborhoods

PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 15, 2016) – Mayor William Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation (Citiparks) today announced that the GrubUp afterschool meals program is expanding to Sheraden.

Starting Monday, February 15, snacks will be served at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Sheraden from 3-4:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at Sheraden's Healthy Active Living Center from 6-7:00 p.m. Both programs will take place Monday-Friday and are located at 720 Sherwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15204.

“For the first time in the city’s history, we are providing afterschool meals to youth throughout the city,” said Mayor William Peduto. “Launching the program last fall was a big step. Expanding the program to more areas of the city is essential and makes me extremely proud.”

The afterschool program is part of GrubUp, the year-round campaign to serve free meals to all children up to 18 years old as well as individuals with mental disabilities up to 21 years of age. Meals are now being served at 11 locations throughout the city - all 10 city recreation facilities from 5-6:30 p.m. and the Sheraden HAL Center from 6-7:00 p.m. All meals are served Monday through Friday.

“I am excited that District 2 children will benefit from the GrubUp afterschool snack and dinner programs at the Carnegie Library branch and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center,” said Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith. “I am grateful that Mayor Peduto and Citiparks recognized the need for the expansion. In addition, we are working with several community partners, including Pittsburgh Public Schools and Citiparks, to create additional opportunities for District 2 residents.”

In the summer of 2015, GrubUp served up 182,039 healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks with meals offered at 101 locations. The average daily participation in the summer food service program was 2,013. Additionally, GrubUp rolled out the Mobile Food Truck last summer, in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools, which had pit stops at 38 different parks, pools, playgrounds, and libraries.

From the September - December 2015 launch of the afterschool program, GrubUp provided 22,477 afterschool meals at 10 locations throughout the city. Average daily participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program is 330. Numbers are expected to increase with the expansion to Sheraden.

According to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, more than 45,000 children in Allegheny County are considered to be food insecure; 73,500 children are eligible for free or reduced-rate school lunches or breakfasts.

“As we continue to grow the GrubUp afterschool program to Citiparks facilities throughout the city, we also hope youth-serving organizations across Pittsburgh will become a GrubUp afterschool partner and open their doors to provide meals programming for our youngest residents,” added Parks and Recreation Director Jim Griffin. “Citiparks currently works with over 51 community partners to provide opportunities for out of school time meals. As expansion continues, we hope to increase the number of engaged community partners.”

Community partners interested in hosting a GrubUp afterschool meals program should contact the Citiparks office at 412-244-3911.

GrubUp is part of the Mayor’s Live Well Pittsburgh initiative and is made possible thanks to grants provided by the National League of Cities and National Recreation and Park Association funded by the Walmart Foundation.

GrubUp is administered by the Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation (Citiparks) and is supported, in part, by a $50,000 grant from the National League of Cities and a $30,000 grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association. Annual reimbursement funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and with the ongoing participation of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest.

Full program details, including a comprehensive list of locations, are available at www.grubuppgh.org, or by calling (412) 244-3911 or 2-1-1. Follow the campaign via Twitter at @LiveWellPGH, @citiparks, and #getyourgrubon.

Contacts:

Betty Cruz - Deputy Chief, Special Initiatives, City of Pittsburgh Office: 412-255-2439 or betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov

Jamie Beechey - Deputy Director, Citiparks, City of Pittsburgh Office: 412-255-2372 or jamie.beechey@pittsburghpa.gov

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