Volunteer to Help End Hunger

Volunteer with Just Harvest during the coronavirus (image by Tumisu/Pixabay)

If you have a passion for ending hunger and strengthening the safety net programs that help low-income people keep food on the table, then we need you now more than ever!

Just Harvest is still working hard to support our community through these difficult times. Following the CDC guidance recommending social distancing, we have suspended all in-person volunteerism.

Despite the fear and uncertainty about COVID-19, we are resilient, and you can still help your community safely! Here are some ways to get involved:

PUBLIC POLICY

orange arrowJob number one right now is to win emergency government measures to protect people in need. It’s easy to be a remote advocate. Contact your elected officials now about the urgent federal and state issues explained on the pages below, and help us spread the word on social media:

Allegheny County Council public meeting video still Allegheny County needs more transparency on COVID relief spending (9/28/2021) - Allegheny County Council is poised to approve $100 million in federal pandemic relief funds without any public input.
PA must fix P-EBT for families! Take action to improve P-EBT in PA! (8/30/2021) - The state needs to do far better at getting P-EBT to families. Sign our letter of recommendations on how this system should work so children don’t go hungry.
Paid Sick Days Save Lives. learn more at pittsburghpaidsickdays.org Allegheny County Board of Health should support paid sick days for all (6/29/2021) - It is now up to the Board to quickly authorize a paid sick days policy that protects everyone who works in the county.
Port Authority bus at stop in front of Giant Eagle grocery store Our testimony to the Port Authority of Allegheny County Board on fair fares (3/26/2021) - We joined allies in making clear how how PAAC’s new fare proposal falls short of ensuring mobility and food access for low-income transit riders.
paid sick leave Comment to Allegheny County Council in support of Paid Sick Days bill (3/8/2021) - Allegheny County Council will be voting March 9 on the Paid Sick Days Act. Here’s why we support this bill, and what you can do to help it pass.
American Rescue Plan: text ReliefNow to 747464 or call 1-888-523-8974 Our clients need help yesterday — PA needs the American Rescue Plan (2/4/2021) - We’ve experienced a record high number of requests for assistance over the past four months. Congress must move quickly to provide real COVID relief.
Take Action to Strengthen SNAP Now! Tell your U.S. Senators to pas the HEROES Act and make sure everyone can afford food! Tell the Senate to pass the HEROES Act and strengthen SNAP now! (5/18/2020) - SNAP is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger. Use our quick form to urge Sen. Casey and Toomey to move quickly to address hunger.
blurry grocery aisle (via Flickr/Consumerist Dot Com) Support new bills to enable grocery delivery for SNAP shoppers (4/30/2020) - The USDA announced that SNAP recipients in PA are allowed to use their benefits to buy groceries online. New legislation will help cover the costs of their delivery fees.
COVID-19: Federal & State Action Actions to improve government COVID-19 relief efforts (4/25/2020) - Support these relief efforts to help make sure our nation, commonwealth, and county are prioritizing the needs of people hit hard by this crisis.
illustration of paying for groceries online (via pxhere/mohamed hassan) Grocery shopping with food stamps during a pandemic (4/3/2020) - The ability to shop online for groceries with food stamps is more than just a convenience. During this pandemic, it’s possibly a matter of life and death.

orange arrowHelp strengthen our democracy during this crisis. Getting the word out about Pennsylvania’s new no-excuse-needed Vote by Mail ballot will allow people to safely participate and have their vote counted in the upcoming election.

  • Voters can obtain the mail-in ballot from the Allegheny County Elections Bureau at alleghenyvotes.com.
  • Citizens need to be registered to vote to request Vote by Mail. Voter registration can be checked at www.pavoterservices.pa.gov.

orange arrowHelp promote participation in the 2020 Census. A complete and accurate account of the population is critically important to ensure fair and sufficient allocation of government resources and representation for the next ten years.

FOOD ACCESS

Whether you know it or not, someone you know is struggling with food insecurity. So tell your friends and neighbors about Just Harvest!

orange arrow Let people know we are continuing to provide help with SNAP/food stamps, medical and TANF/cash assistance applications as well as case advocacy and eligibility screenings. Our Food Stamp Specialists can be reached M-F 9am-5pm for over-the-phone assistance at (412) 431-8960 x602. You can also share our COVID-19 help page.

orange arrow Help us spread the word. Do you know of a neighborhood or community food distribution site? Help us get our information out to the people they’re serving. Get name – and the contact information, if you can! – of whoever is running the distribution and send it to our volunteer coordinator Laura Byko at laurab@justharvest.org and she will contact them to see if we can get them info about our services to distribute to the people they’re helping.

TAX FILING & STIMULUS CHECKS

The IRS has extended this year’s tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. Although our Free Tax Prep program has been suspended, there are online filing options available for low-income households and we are also providing phone assistance. This is critical to ensuring all Americans get a COVID-19 relief payment through the IRS.

orange arrowHelp us spread the word. Tell your networks about our phone assistance and online info to help them through this confusing process.

DONATE

Donate to support Just Harvest as we continue to serve vulnerable populations in our community.

 

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