Key Finding #1: Lack of transportation makes it difficult for residents to access food banks.
Pittsburgh is notorious for its hilly terrain and harsh weather conditions. This makes going to the grocery store, which usually is over a mile away, more difficult both physically and psychologically. When we started interviewing members of the local food kitchens and pantries, we found that many of them have a strong desire to eat well. But the lack of access to transportation gets in the way of doing so.
Key Finding #2: Food banks are only temporary solutions.
A key finding we discovered is that the solutions in place as of now, act only as a temporary band-aid and don't tackle the issues holistically on a national scale. Community gardens and food banks, for example, really only benefit those who are nearby and have easy access to them. Solutions should provide those in need with longterm access to healthy, fresh produce.
These individuals should not have to put in extra work just because they lack transportation and are situationally disadvantaged. Giving food to the hungry only alleviates the issue for a period of time. Unfortunately, it does not get rid of the problem completely. Entire communities need to get involved in order to elicit some measure of change.