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Letter to the Editor
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

At South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM), we are always amazed by the support of our local communities, but never more than now. Generous friends and supporters of SHIM raised just over $85,000 and collected more than 11,000 pounds of groceries for the SHIM food pantries during the first “Sack Hunger” campaign, which will be an annual event.

We are awed, inspired and very, very grateful.

For over 40 years, SHIM has been serving vulnerable families throughout the South Hills. Our two food pantries help more than 450 local families put food on the table each month, while our financial literacy, employment support and youth development programs enable families to move toward self-sufficiency. There are thousands of families right here in our community that are struggling to get by. Fortunately, this incredible community takes care of its own.

During the six weeks of the Sack Hunger campaign, more than 30 local groups hosted food drives to help fill our pantry shelves, while more than 450 individuals stepped forward with financial contributions. We are grateful to BNY Mellon for matching the first $25,000 donated to the Sack Hunger campaign.

On behalf of the families we serve, thank you so much for being part of something wonderful and for helping SHIM to “Sack Hunger.” Your support makes all the difference for our neighbors in need.

Jim Guffey

The writer is executive director of South Hills Interfaith Ministries (

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