PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Try making brunch with just the basic food found at most community food pantries – that’s what 10 local chefs did Saturday.

As part of their second annual “Food Pantry Brunch Challenge,” Northside Common Ministries raised money for its food pantry by hosting a brunch prepared by local chefs using only food pantry ingredients.

“It’s a great way for us to raise a little funding for our pantry but mostly to raise awareness of the needs of the food pantry’s around the city,” Northside Common Ministries Director Jay Poliziani.

The organization says prior to the event, thousands of people helped prepare for the expected 200 diners. The brunch was held at the New Hazlett Theater in Allegheny Center Mall.

The Pittsburgh Banjo club also added to the festivities by playing Dixieland tunes.

Northside Common Ministries provides food assistance to 900 local families every month, as well as offering shelter to homeless men.

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