Day of Action

United Way of Western CT helps ALICE prosper by engaging volunteers in meaningful service opportunities

United Way of Western Connecticut Day of Action 2020
Drive-By Community Food Drive

To Benefit the Danbury Food Collaborative
Fri., August 7, 2 - 6 pm &  Sat., August 8, 9 am - 12 noon
Danbury Fair Mall, 7 Backus Avenue, Danbury, CT

Food Pantries in Greater Danbury desperately need our help. 2-1-1 received 5 times as many calls for food assistance in Fairfeld County between March and June of 2020 than it did during the same time last year. Feeding America predicts that food insecurity could increase in Connecticut by 44%, from 11% of the state’s population to 16%, as a result of unemployment and economic dislocation due to the pandemic.

CONTACT-FREE DONATION PROCESS. Donations will be collected via a drive through in the mall parking lot located off the main entrance, facing Backus Avenue (closest to L.L. Bean). Look for the tent. Volunteers will remove your donations from your vehicle trunk. No need to get out of your vehicle.

TO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION, visit the Danbury Food Collaborative website at


  • All rices & grains: long grain, white, brown, wild, quinoa, couscous, barley
  • Peanut butter, including natural
  • Jelly
  • Canned tuna
  • Pastas, including whole grain
  • Pasta sauce* **
  • Macaroni & cheese*
  • Beef stew*
  • Chili *
  • All beans/legumes,dried or canned: lentils, black beans, kidney, lima, black-eyed, navy, garbanzo, pinto
  • All canned vegetables and potatoes*
  • Canned fruit, in light syrup or packed in natural juice
  • Soups including ramen noodles*
  • Cereal – boxed or bagged, whole grains*
  • Oatmeal
  • Laundry Detergent, cleaning supplies
  • Hand soap & sanitizer
  • Diapers, infant & adult size
  • Feminine hygiene products

  • *To encourage healthier eating, please consider providing low-sodium or low-sugar options.
  • **When possible, please refrain from donating items in glass jars.
  • ***Please also note we cannot accept expired items, per health code.

Download Flier (PDF)

If you are interested volunteering for the Community Food Drive, or have questions, please contact Stacy Schulman at 203-826-8479.

DID YOU KNOW?  Donations to food pantries from the grocery store industry were down 70% during the pandemic, because grocery store shelves were being cleared out by consumers. Meanwhile, demand on food pantries was greater than ever, because of the dramatic rise in unemployment. Help us restock the pantries in Greater Danbury! Let’s reduce food insecurity in our community!



United Way of Western CT fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Western Connecticut, with a focus on hard-working, struggling households that we call ALICE®  (Asset Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed).

At the heart of United Way’s strength are our dedicated volunteers--the hand raisers who step up to provide help and hope to those in our community who are struggling.

Through our past Day of Action events, we have mobilize volunteers in a variety of large-scale projects to benefit ALICE in greater Danbury, Southern Litchfield County and Stamford.Corporate volunteer groups will engage in a STEM Street Fair with custom activities for local elementary and middle school children, a mobile children’s library book distribution, and improvement projects at local nonprofits.

For more information, contact: Stacy Schulman at 203.826.8479 or

>>Photos from Day of Action 2019 in Greater Danbury & New Milford and Stamford
>>Photos from Day of Action 2018 in Greater Danbury & New Milford and Stamford

>>Photos from Day of Action 2017 in Greater Danbury & New Milford and Stamford
>>Photos from Day of Action 2016 in Greater Danbury & New Milford and Stamford