Healthy Food Center
Healthy Food Center at Allegheny Health Network
If you struggle to fit nutrient-rich foods into your weekly grocery budget, the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Healthy Food Center can help. Based on your doctor’s recommendation, we give you access to the right foods according to your dietary needs, so you and your family can eat and live well.
When you visit the Healthy Food Center, you’ll leave with 2–3 days’ worth of nutritious food for your family. Plus, we offer free one-on-one nutritional counseling. And we’ll connect you with other food-related resources in the community, including healthy cooking demonstrations or classes.
Picking up food
First you need to ask your doctor for a “referral” to go to the Healthy Food Center. If your doctor agrees, bring us your printed referral during our drop-in hours Monday–Friday.
We are located at 4921 Mend Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, near West Penn Hospital.
Plan to spend 30–40 minutes with us for your initial visit. You’ll fill out a short form to tell us about your dietary needs and shopping habits. You’ll then get paired with a registered dietitian who will take you shopping for food right at our Center. You’ll go home with a bag full of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods.
As part of the AHN Center for Inclusion Health, the Healthy Food Center offers additional services to help you maintain a healthy diet at home. We can help you with:
- Healthy eating for the whole family
- Successful grocery shopping
- Cooking on a budget
- Preparing healthy recipes
- Weight management
The importance of a healthy diet
If you don’t have enough to eat and can’t afford to eat well, you are at greater risk for chronic diseases and obesity. The Healthy Food Center was established to give everyone a way to stay healthy by learning about and eating healthier foods.
Building healthier communities
The Healthy Food Center is able to serve the community thanks to a relationship with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Dedicated to eliminating hunger in our region, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank shares our commitment to providing healthy food choices to people in need —and building healthier communities. Learn more at pittsburghfoodbank.org.
Also, working with the East End Cooperative Ministries, we can offer additional case management and wrap-around services, such as children and youth services, housing programs, and workforce development programs. Learn more at eecm.org.
Allegheny Health Network Healthy Food Center
4921 Mend Way (The West Penn Hospital campus, rear entrance to the School of Nursing)
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Hours of operation
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
1:00–4:00 p.m. (Closed for nutrition counseling 9 a.m.–1:00 p.m.)
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (Closed for nutrition counseling 1:00–4:00 p.m.)
9:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday