Danbury Food Collaborative

Danbury Food Collaborative brings food pantries and congregate meal providers 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

  • More than 20 food pantries and congregate meal providers meet on a regular basis to discuss opportunities for food rescue and delivery, client needs and trends, and other shared concerns.
  • The Danbury Food Collaborative has published A Guide to Accessing Food in multiple languages: English/Espanol (PDF) Português (PDF)
     
  • The Danbury Food Collaborative has received grants to increase refrigeration and freezer space in local pantries, so that more fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish can be offered to clients.

For more information about the Danbury Food Collaborative, contact Cara Mitchell at 203-883-0879 or cara.mitchell@uwwesternct.org.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • $25,000 in grants awarded to purchase new freezers and refrigerators to store healthy food
     
  • $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.