MyWay Mobile Storage of Pittsburgh was thrilled to again join the REALTORS® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (RAMP) in their Community Service Committee’s Daily Bread event. The June 23rd event focused on serving lunch to those experiencing food insecurities because of homelessness or under-employment. The food was served out of the kitchen at the New Hope Methodist Church on Pittsburgh’s North Side. RAMP Community Service Committee provided hamburgers and hot dogs and MyWay Mobile Storage fired up the grill. Volunteers distributed meals in a COVID-safe manner.
Pastor Bob Maravalli said, “I’ve helped the homeless cope through the Daily Bread program for more than 10 years and this cookout is the highlight of the year for those needing so much.”
“This is a terrific team that loves to get out in the community and give back. The Daily Bread program (formally known as the Northside Congregate Feeding Program) provides a crucial service and we are pleased to be able to volunteer for them,” said Michelle Schocker, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway. “RAMP and MyWay are a great team and it’s so important because this has been such a hard year for so many people in our community.” Schocker continued, “Now more than ever we need to help our neighbors.”
Ed Sickmund, MyWay Mobile Storage Market Owner and RAMP Affiliate member said, “Helping folks experiencing food insecurity continues to be important after the worst of the pandemic and now inflation hitting everyone hard.” Sickmund continued, “There’s nothing better than a cookout to lift everyone’s spirits and create a true sense of community.”
“The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank estimates that before the pandemic more than 14 percent of our community experienced food insecurity,” commented Jeff Zirngibl, RAMP’s Membership Director. He continued, “Those numbers are much higher now. And we are just happy to be able to help.”
Jim Jarrett, President-Elect of Realtor Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, added, “The Daily Bread program does a terrific job, together with other feeding programs on the Northside, making sure hot meals are available every day of the week. They’ve made the necessary adjustments during the pandemic to keep everyone safe.”
Emily Platts, a Howard Hanna agent, noted, “Food insecurity, homelessness, and under-employment have been challenges facing our neighbors all year, every year. My Howard Hanna colleagues, and I are happy to do our small part.”
About the Daily Bread Program of the United Methodist Church Union:
The Northside Congregate Feeding Program has been serving meals on the Northside for more than a quarter of a century. More than 250,000 quality, nutritious meals have been served. The address is 114 West North Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15212. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Daily Bread program can sign up online. The program serves meals three times a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15 am – 12:15 pm and Sundays 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm.. They have many different volunteer jobs—from handing out food to helping to sanitize surfaces to driving leftovers to other organizations. To volunteer, sign up online at http://www.umchurchunionpgh.org/daily-bread or call the office at 412-231-4900.
About the REALTORS® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (RAMP):
Since 1911, RAMP has served real estate professionals and the community as western Pennsylvania’s most effective voice for private property and industry professionalism. RAMP began with 30 members and has since grown to include approximately 2,100 residential and commercial realtors. RAMP has remained at the forefront of public policy and member advocacy. With full-time government affairs and education programs, RAMP is uniquely positioned to provide its members with the tools they need to do business successfully and ethically. By shaping legislation and preparing REALTORS to serve their clients more effectively, RAMP has delivered the American Dream to five generations of Pittsburgh-area property owners. Visit http://www.realtorspgh.com.
About RAMP’s Community Committee:
RAMP’s Community Service Committee is responsible for engaging with the general public by coordinating public service projects. This committee’s activities provide a service or assistance to citizens who are less fortunate. The mission is to maintain and enhance RAMP’s image and community awareness through community outreach projects. In addition to feeding the homeless and underemployed the 2019 calendar includes volunteering at the Light of Life Rescue donation center, Senior Curb Appeal Day. Hats/Gloves/Scarves/Sock Drive and Boys and Girls Club Career Day.