The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small and Mighty: BTC Center, Inc.

BTC Center Inc. provides a monthly food distribution. Guests also receive masks to help them stay safe in the pandemic. Monica Reese gives masks to Nadra Wright. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Small and Mighty program awarded $10,000 to BTC Center, Inc. in 2020. The organization supports the residents of Homewood through programming and services leading to equitable, sustainable and resilient communities.

With this grant, the organization will provide greater access to food through its community garden and food pantry to individuals experiencing poverty. It will expand the number of individuals who are able to access the community garden and provide more fresh produce to community members. Due to COVID, the center has experienced a greater demand for food, and has increased and adapted its services to better address this need. The organization has also provided virtual programs focused on healthy eating and living to be responsive to those who cannot, due to COVID, access in-person resources.

The Small and Mighty grants program, an outcome of the Foundation’s focus on poverty and inequality, has, as of Dec. 2020, awarded $1.6 million to nonprofit organizations with budgets of less than $600,000.