Accessible Via Public Transportation?:
This site is accessible via public transportation
If Yes, What Line/Route?:
Blue Line, Y47, & Y49
Does This Position Require a Personal Vehicle?:
Organization Dress Code::
The dress code depends on the activity for the day, but it is generally casual. Jeans are acceptable.
Expected Service Schedule::
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Some food pantries are open until 5 or 6pm and occasional evenings or weekends are required.
Organization Description and Mission::
Define the broad purposes that the program is aiming to achieve, describe the community the program is designed to serve, and state the values and guiding principles which define its standards SHIM’s vision is an inclusive community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. The mission is that SHIM mobilizes community resources and implements sustainable programs that compassionately help our neighbors meet basic needs, achieve self-sufficiency, and build community. SHIM’s fully stocked food pantries help neighbors put healthy meals on the table, as they’re stocked with non-perishable staples (like canned meats, dried beans, rice and cereal), personal care items, baby food and diapers, household cleaning supplies, and fresh items like meat, cheese, eggs and produce (from our community gardens during the growing season). We have sites at SHIM Center at Bethel Park, SHIM Family Center at Prospect Park, and Baldwin United Presbyterian Church. SHIM’s food pantries serve people who reside in the following school districts: Baldwin-Whitehall, Bethel Park, South Park, Keystone Oaks, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair. The South Hills is also home to the largest community of refugees in the Pittsburgh region. SHIM is committed to providing support for these families who have settled in the United States to make a better life for themselves. SHIM's work centers around three key areas: meeting basic needs, achieving self-sufficiency, and building community. Our Basic Needs programs include three food pantries, the Community Closet at SHIM (clothing), information and referral services, and utility assistance through the Dollar Energy Fund. Self-sufficiency programs include service coordination, family support, and children and youth programs. SHIM builds community through a network of volunteers as well as 15 community gardens. Suburban poverty in the Pittsburgh region is growing five times faster than in the city. Families are struggling with poverty, hunger, and building a better life. More than 2,600 people, about 800 families, use SHIM's food pantries each year. 49% of households have at least one wage earner—but do not earn a living wage, and rely on SHIM for food. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 21% of children in the school districts served by SHIM are eligible for free and reduced school lunches. The number of eligible children has grown in each of the last 5 years in every school district SHIM serves. The goal of SHIM’s food pantry program is to provide regular, healthy food to families in need. Additional support services provide extra support for families so that they can work towards self-sufficiency.