Day of Action

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

"Food pantries need our help, as demand for their services has increased dramatically due to the pandemic"

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

To Benefit the Stamford Food Collaborative
Sat., November 14, 10 am - 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Stamford
1101 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 06905

Food Pantries in Stamford 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.

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CONTACT-FREE DONATION PROCESS. Donations will be collected via a drive through in the church parking lot. Look for the tent. Volunteers will remove your donations from your vehicle trunk. No need to get out of your vehicle.


  • 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.

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A donor thanks United Way for its work in coordinating 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 Stamford! 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



Day of Action 2019
Greater Danbury & New Milford and Stamford

Day of Action 2018
Greater Danbury & New Milford and Stamford

Day of Action 2017
Greater Danbury & New Milford
and Stamford

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