Food Podcast: Pittsburgh Riverhounds join food bank’s fight against hunger
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are preparing for the USL playoffs, but they’re also participating in the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s fight against hunger.
The Riverhounds hosted a Hunger Action Night at Highmark Stadium on the South Side, and HoundsTV host Justin McCauley joined the food bank’s Brian Gulish for this week’s Food Podcast to discuss the Riverhounds’ initiatives.
“(Food insecurity is) a huge problem locally and throughout the United States,” McCauley said. “For us it’s an awareness. Especially being partnered with the Food Bank, we saw it as a great opportunity to help expand the awareness.”
Gulish and McCauley discuss the importance of adequate nutrition, particularly for athletes.
“While food insecurity is harmful to everyone, it is particularly devastating to children,” Gulish said. “Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child physical and mental health, and academic achievement.”
Gulish also detailed a recent Medicare study shows 1 in 10 U.S. seniors doesn’t have enough food to eat.
“In Pennsylvania, 5.7 percent of seniors, defined as 60 or older, are food insecure,” Gulish said. “In the Pittsburgh metro area, 6.3% are food insecure.”
For more information about the food bank, visit www.pittsburghfoodbank.org or call 412-460-3663.