Cutch To The (Food) Rescue

The former Pittsburgh Pirate spent last week volunteering in Pittsburgh, which included a day with 412 Food Rescue.

PHOTOS BY HAL B KLEIN

Andrew McCutchen visited Pittsburgh last week for his Pittsburgh Project: Cutch Charity Week. Over the course of eight days (always the MVP, Cutch went the extra mile, adding another day), the former Pittsburgh Pirate volunteered at various organizations throughout the city. Stops included Light of Life Mission, UPMC Children’s Hospital and Carnegie Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped.

“I’ve developed so many relationships over the years that I was in Pittsburgh. And you have relationships for a reason. I didn’t work with organizations just because I played here. These are relationships that I plan to continue, wherever I play,” McCutchen says.

On Friday, McCutchen spent the day with 412 Food Rescue. In 2016, he donated a lime green truck to the organization, but this was his first time participating in a food rescue. “I was able to be hands-on with the organization, to see what they actually do and see where the food comes from and where it’s delivered. To do that first-hand, you get a different perspective,” he says.

PHOTOS BY HAL B. KLEIN

In the morning, McCutchen helped volunteers recover fruits and vegetables from Consumer Produce in the Strip. Later, he visited 412 Food Rescue’s Good Food Project kitchen in Millvale and joined culinary manager Edward Anderson delivering hot meals to a nearby senior housing apartment block.

“You’re delivering it to people who need it. It’s amazing,” he says.

Fun fact: I appeared in a T-Mobile commercial with McCutchen in 2015. Ah, memories.

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