What is The Pittsburgh Collaborative, Inc.?
Founded in 2017, The Pittsburgh Collaborative, Inc. (TPC) was called together to actively focus human capital and fiscal resources on intergenerational growth, development, and advancement of Pittsburgh residents and the community. While they are historically based in Pittsburgh, TPC is comprised of Pittsburgh residents, business owners, neighborhood organizations & representatives from Atlanta’s Historically Black Colleges and universities. The Pittsburgh neighborhood, founded in 1883, is one of the oldest predominantly African-American communities in Atlanta’s southwest and has been more than 90% black for 140 years.
Their mission is to uplift, support and promote the great history of the Pittsburgh community. Their work seeks to empower and educate by assisting with advancing the common goals of the neighborhood. In their six years of existence, TPC has invested more than $480,000 in programs and projects that assist residents through economic empowerment, health and wellness initiatives, neighborhood beautification projects, and arts & cultural programming.
The Pittsburgh Collaborative and Goodr Partnership
The Pittsburgh Collaborative kicked off the year by opening their Goodr Grocery Store in Kindezi at Gideon’s Elementary, a charter school in Atlanta’s historic Pittsburgh neighborhood. This store provides nutritious food and hygiene products—without cost—to the school’s nearly 300 K-5th grade students and faculty and their families. The intent is to help families bridge the gap between paychecks and allow them to shop with dignity.
We live in a time where many families fall through the cracks because they do not have basic resources like food. This store will provide supplemental groceries to fill in gaps to support the students and families of Gideons. As members of the Pittsburgh village, we are grateful to receive funding and support that allows us to continue to engage in work that empowers communities to thrive.
— Dr. DeKimberlen Neely, TPC CEO
The Pittsburgh Collaborative’s Impact
According to Feeding America, roughly 1.1 million Georgians currently struggle with hunger. Of those, 360,000 are children. Hunger is known to affect not only a child’s daily school performance but also their health and psychological behavior. The Pittsburgh Collaborative’s commitment combats one of the challenges too many local communities face – food insecurity. By utilizing our Hunger Relief Solutions, TPC has made a meaningful impact through:
- 350 Monthly Visits
- 70,000 lbs of Food Distributed
- 56,000 Meals Served
- $140,000 in Added Economic Value
Thanks to The Pittsburgh Collaborative, so many families and individuals have received meals through our store and continued partnership. We look forward to providing more meals and more opportunities to offer young minds all they need to excel in the classroom and at home.