Keystone Food Shelves Experience Record High Usage

Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In October, Keystone’s food shelves served more people than in any other time in our history.

During that month, 8,348 people turned to Keystone for support from our food shelves.

Keystone has been offering food shelf programs since 1971. Over these many decades people have been relying on Keystone for food when times get tough. Today, Keystone provides food to low-income families through three food shelves located in the Midway, Rice Street and Roseville neighborhoods, a roving Foodmobile which makes 26 stops every month, and neighborhood-based “Free Farmer’s Market” produce distributions during the summer growing months.

“We place an emphasis on offering fresh foods, produce and culturally specific items at the food shelves,” says Christine Pulver, Keystone’s Director of Basic Needs.  “We know that this food helps them get through the month when their budget starts to get tight. We want to make sure everyone have access to nutritious food when they need it.”

Due to low incomes, many food shelf participants struggle to put food on the table – either every day, or during times of crisis and setbacks. Additionally, our participants spend an average of 57% of their household income on housing. Food insecurity undermines the foundational stability that everyone needs to move forward in life. Keystone is committing to providing food support to help individuals and families of all ages stay healthy and fed.

“Keystone is a safety net and we’re that place that people turn when they don’t know where else to go,” says Mary McKeown, Keystone’s President. “Keystone has been and remains committed to being there for people when they need food or other support. Our community of donors and volunteers make it possible for us to say yes when people come to our door looking for help.”