PNC Bank 2020 Impact Awardee: EAT Initiative
The 2020 Impact Award is a special honor for this year only, to showcase an organization who has made a significant impact in their community through direct COVID-19 relief efforts or working to address ongoing issues of injustice and racism against the Black community.
Founded in 2015, the EAT Initiative was birthed out of Chef Claudy Pierre’s vision to help feed and sustain food insecure communities. Since then, EAT’s primary focus has been to inject cultural competency and food education into communities in Pittsburgh and around the world.
Upon immediately learning about the shutdown, and before most larger organizations had an organized plan, Chef Claudy and his team launched into go mode and cooked and provided 15,000 meals to residents in the Northside, Hill District, East Liberty, Southside, and beyond in the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. This effort is still active to this day and his team is still preparing meals for hungry families. Chef has produced around 50,000 meals since March 2020 and is working with multiple community partners and elected officials to cement these efforts and transform this project into a long term solution. In addition, Chef was awarded a USDA federal grant that will allow him to donate nearly 300 boxes of fresh produce to local families on a weekly basis for the next two years. Lastly, he has launched a cooking channel to educate families on how to cook the fruits and vegetables that come in the boxes.
Watch The EAT Initiative’s Awardee Video!
Thanks to our partners at Pittsburgh Tech Council for interviewing Chef Claudy!
You can listen here by clicking on the player below!
The EAT Initiative has fed 50,000 people since March, 2020. WOW!
On Friday, October 16th, EAT also celebrated World Food Day! They live streamed cooking demos with Chef Claudy, had panels with partners in Oakland, CA and Brooklyn, NY, and gave away service awards to local orgs who stepped up during COVID!
They announced their ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ $10 Million fundraising campaign! If you want to support them in making Pittsburgh the first food secure city in the nation, you can learn more at www.eatworldfoodday.org and donate by following the steps below!
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