EECM: Needs Have Tripled
A recent article in the PublicSource newsletter highlighted the increased needs and costs due to the pandemic among Pittsburgh's homeless providers, including our mission partner East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM).
"We've tripled the amount of people we are serving." [President and CEO] Carole Bailey said of the East End Cooperative Ministry, a food pantry and homeless shelter located in East Liberty. "And we expect that to continue for the next year because people are not going to be albe to get back up on their feet quickly."
East End Cooperative Ministry typically serves 30 families a day in its food pantry which is open in the mornings and afternoons every weekday. "Since COVID struk, we've stared seeing 90-100 families a day," said Bailey, who serves as the organization'[s president and CEO. The soup kitchen, where they serve lunchy used to serve about 110-130 meals. "Between the end of March and the end of April, it skyrocketed. Now we're serving over 200 meals every day," she said in late June.
Donations to EECM can be sent either to St. Andrew's Church (check payable to St. Andrew's with EECM on the memo line) or directly to EECM online at www.eecm.org.