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Dormont Free Pantry

The Dormont Free Pantry (DFP) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. This partnership will enable the DFP to expand the amount and variety of food offered to better serve patrons in Dormont and surrounding communities. 

With this partnership, the pantry will shift to designated walk in hours and appointments for food shopping instead of the open-access model it currently operates. The DFP will purchase food in bulk through the Food Bank, allowing donations to be spent more efficiently. Each dollar spent through the Food Bank can provide the equivalent of 5 meals. 

The “grand re-opening” of the Free Pantry in its new model will be on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. Starting on that day, walk-in hours will be on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 6-7pm and the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 2-3pm. Appointments can still be made by calling 412-405-1390.

Community members who wish to support the pantry’s efforts can make monetary donations through the Dormont Community Development Corporation. On Venmo, search for @DormontCDC and tap “business” to find the DCDC account; be sure to include “for the pantry” in the memo line. 

The Pantry greatly appreciates the enthusiastic community support over the last two years. They still plan to partner with businesses and community organizations to do drives for harder-to-source, expensive items like hygiene products. 

Pantry founder Carla Chugani said, “When I started the Dormont Free Pantry on my front porch, I never imagined that we would grow so much in such a short time. I’m incredibly grateful to the Borough, Dormont Community Development Corporation, and all of the volunteers who have worked so hard to make this project into something that provides a very important and needed community service.”

This past summer, the pantry celebrated the second anniversary of its growth to the basement Borough of Dormont municipal building and of officially becoming a project of the Dormont Community Development Corporation. 

“I’m so proud to be a part of this incredible team and community,” Chugani said. “And I’m very excited to watch us grow and to better serve our neighbors in need.”

The Food Bank partnership creates more room for the DFP to grow in the coming months, including taking steps toward offering fresh eggs and produce and frozen items, expanding the type of support provided to patrons. 

Questions about the new model can be directed to the Dormont Community Development Corporation at

The Dormont Free Pantry is located in the Dormont Borough Building at 1444 Hillsdale Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.


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