The COVID-19 pandemic is having catastrophic effects on the struggling households we serve called ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). To address this, United Way of Western Connecticut has activated the ALICE Emergency Fund. This Fund will immediately address the urgent need of access to food for individuals and families living in the 15 cities and towns that we serve in Western Connecticut.
The ALICE Emergency Fund will expand the ability of individuals and families to purchase fresh produce through our Healthy Savings program. Participants in the program will receive $20 of fresh produce for free each week for six weeks, with the flexibility to extend depending on the availability of funds.
Healthy Savings offers participants a pre-loaded app that helps them pay for groceries, and offers additional weekly savings on various pre-qualified healthy items that frequently include staples such as milk, whole-grain breads, lean meats, yogurt, beans, cereals, eggs, and many others. Those additional savings can total up to $50 or more per week. Healthy Savings has qualifying foods from over 200 brands participating in the program. They can purchase food at participating Connecticut stories, which include Stop & Shop, Walmart, and Acme.
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and the needs of those who are struggling continue to shift, this fund will have the flexibility to address additional basic needs beyond food security.
This Fund will serve only residents of United Way of Western Connecticut's 15 cities and towns: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Stamford, Warren, and Washington. Those who are struggling should call (203) 297-6674.
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