Holiday tote bag drive

Written by Gretchen McKay on

We've all got them stuffed into our car trunks and kitchen closets; heck, we've even got a few stashed in a desk drawer at the Post-Gazette in case we find time to run to the farmers market in Market Square.totebags

Reusuble tote bags, that is. 

So chances are you have a few you can spare for a holiday project that helps the food insecure.

The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project is collecting reusable shopping bags to be distributed to local food pantries to make it easier for their clients to transport groceries. 

This is the second year for Tote4Pgh, which works in collaboration with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food BankEast End Food Co-opPennsylvania Resources Council and more than two-dozen other organizations. To date, it's collected some 21,000 bags for more than 300 food pantries in 12 counties. That's saving a lot of plastic bags from ending up in landfills, where one can take up to 1,000 years to break down.

Because one in seven Pennsylvanians don't have enough to eat each day, the project also is asking for small food donations. Suggested items include pantry staples such as rice, beans and pasta, as well as beverages, spices and condiments. But don't stop there --  any nonperishable food item is welcome. 

Tote bags and food donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Restaurant Echo, Cranberry
  • Animal Nature, East End/Regent Square
  • The Toonseum, Downtown Pittsburgh
  • Moon Township Public Library, Moon
  • Basket of Pittsburgh, Robinson
  • Pittsburgh Public Market, Strip District
  • Home Consignments, Swissvale

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