Y Partners with Fogo de Chao for Emergency Food Delivery

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh has partnered with Fogo de Chão to bring meals to families and seniors in need during this time of uncertainty. Fogo will prepare prepackaged meals for pickup by Y staff in the Y on the Fly van for no-contact delivery to area families over the coming weeks.

 “We are on a mission to serve families that are already living in a constant state of crisis,” Marisa Williams, associate vice president for community outreach and impact for the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, said. “We are grateful Fogo de Chão’s leadership shares the YMCA’s desire to help those in need of emergency food, especially when resources are being stretched everywhere.”

Fogo de Chão, located downtown at 525 Smithfield St., will donate weekly meals for several families beginning Monday, March 30. Each meal will be family style and consist of a meat and two sides, packaged for easy reheating.

 “We are happy to partner with the YMCA to provide emergency meals to those in need,” Gary White, Fogo de Chao’s sales manager in Pittsburgh, said. “Fogo is committed to communities helping communities and we are honored to provide these meals to our neighbors.”

Participants were selected for this program from the Y’s Hope for All database of families facing critical and chronic food insecurity. There are more than 400 families on the list that the YMCA strives to reach through bi-monthly food pantries in Homewood and Hazelwood, as well as emergency grocery shopping and food delivery services.

Restaurants interested in partnering with the YMCA to provide meals should contact Marisa Williams, at 412-228-4181 or [email protected]. The Y hopes to provide emergency meals to approximately 40 families over the coming weeks.