Every other Thursday is a busy day at the Swissvale Community Food Pantry.
Food pantries throughout the region are responding to unprecedented demand, as the poor, working poor and retirees, like Pete Rotondo, struggle to make ends meet.
There is 94,000 square feet of warehouse space at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and 27,000,000 pounds of food go in and out of here yearly. Starting Friday, those supplies are going to go out much faster with the cut in food stamp benefits.
Hundreds of local families in need received a helping hand today. Volunteers distributed 25-pound boxes of food in East Liberty.
For local food pantries, the costs are rising and so is the number of families that need help.