Danbury Food Collaborative

Danbury Food Collaborative brings food pantries and agencies together to address the needs of the City's food insecure residents

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 cara.mitchell@uwwesternct.org.


FOOD GUIDES

  • The Danbury Food Collaborative publishes and regularly updates A Guide to Accessing Food in Danbury in multiple languages: English (PDF)  Español (PDF)  Português (PDF)


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • $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.


SUCCESS STORY

Find out how the Danbury Food Collaborative has changed the conversation around food security.

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.

 

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