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Fig & Ash launches Pay It Forward Catering for healthcare workers

Fig & Ash on E. Ohio Street in the North Side recently launched a Pay It Forward Catering campaign to thank local healthcare workers. Restaurant patrons can buy a complete catered lunch or dinner for frontline workers in the vicinity of the eatery’s Deutschtown location, including Allegheny General Hospital and the North Side Christian Health Center.

The goal is to provide at least one lunch or dinner per day that the restaurant is open (noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday) for the duration of the pandemic. Interested in setting up a donation? Call Fig & Ash at 412-321-2222, send an email or order online.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Downtown Holiday Window Competition

You have until Dec. 23 to vote for the best holiday window display in Downtown Pittsburgh. Thirteen businesses partnered with local artists to design eye-catching scenes. Tour the windows at your own pace then fill out a ballot at any participating location. The winner will receive a $2,000 donation to the charity of their choice!

412 Food Rescue and PAART host food giveaway for people and pets

On Dec. 23, 412 Food Rescue and the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART) will host a no-contact, drive-through food giveaway from noon to 2 p.m. in Heinz Field’s Gold Lot 1. 412 Food Rescue will distribute 420 Farmers to Families grocery boxes containing produce, dairy and protein items, while PAART will provide 400 bags of dog and cat food. Interested in volunteering? Register online here.

Giant Eagle preparing to administer Phase 1 Covid vaccines

Last week, Giant Eagle pharmacists, in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, administered Phase 1 Covid vaccines to residents at long-term facilities in Morgantown. The company is prepared to do the same with on-site vaccinations at long-term facilities and nursing homes in Allegheny County once they receive approval from the Allegheny County Health Department.