Launched in 2013, the Danbury Food Collaborative brings food pantries and congregate meal providers together to address the needs of the City's food insecure residents. By working together, members have increased their capacities to better serve their clients and are able to offer more fresh, healthy food. United Way serves as the backbone organization for the Danbury Food Collaborative.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
- The Danbury Food Collaborative works together to improve access to food, quality of food and sustainability of food for all members of the greater Danbury community.
- 24 food pantries, congregate meal providers, and food partners meet on a regular basis to discuss opportunities for food rescue and delivery, client needs and trends, and other shared concerns.
- By working together, the Collaborative can take action and leverage a greater impact for food security for our community. It has secured larger grants by applying collectively from funders who would not have otherwise considered them had agencies and pantries made the request alone.
For more information about the Danbury Food Collaborative, contact Cara Mitchell at 203-883-0879 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Danbury Food Collaborative publishes and regularly updates A Guide to Accessing Food in Danbury in multiple languages: English (PDF) Español (PDF) Português (PDF)
- $41,050 in grants awarded during the COVID-19 pandemic to help meet new demand for food and services.
- 4,000 pounds of non-perishable food were collected through United Way's 2020 Day of Action drive-through food drive to replenish Danbury Food Collaborative food pantries.
- $25,000 in grants awarded to purchase new freezers and refrigerators to store perishable items, so that more fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish can be offered to clients.
- $1 million in fresh food rescued by the Danbury Food Collaborative
- 80,000+ pounds of food distributed to pantries in Danbury through our partnership with the Danbury-area Postal Carriers Food Drive in 2018.
If you need immediate assistance accessing emergency food or nutrition programs, please dial 2-1-1 or visit 211ct.org for United Way’s free and confidential database of services and programs for those in need.