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Mobile Food Pantries

Families that struggle to pay their bills often have difficulty affording fresh, healthy food. After paying for housing, transportation, and child care, these hard-working people may not be able to scrape up enough money to pay for nutritious meals for their families.

In Community Conversations and surveys conducted in 2015, United Way of Western Connecticut found that 50% of struggling households had trouble paying for healthy food. That’s just not acceptable.

Through a partnership with Connecticut Food Bank, United Way of Western Connecticut provides three evening Mobile Food Pantries: one pantry in Bethel, New Milford, and Stamford. These mobile pantries provide free healthy food to those in need each month: We intentionally schedule the pantries for the 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm time frame, so that working people can attend.

When a family visits the Mobile Food Pantry, they save about $100 per month on their grocery bill. The food helps them stretch their hard-earned dollars so they can put the savings toward things like utilities, insurance, and maybe even a college fund for their children

The Mobile Food Pantries also connect individuals and families with helpful community resources. Services such as blood pressure checks for adults and vision screenings for children are often provided at these events.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

  • United Way funds three Mobile Food Pantries throughout our region each month, serving approximately 150 families at each event.
  • No personal identification is required. Clients are just asked to answer a few questions about their household size, the town they live in, and if they have attended before. After registering, each client receives a number and then waits for their number to be called.
  • We provide a welcoming, congenial, respectful atmosphere, and we work hard to reduce any perceived stigma that may be attached to acquiring free food.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

450 household receive free, fresh food per month, saving each household about $100 per month

194,000 pounds of food distributed in 2018

162,000 meals provided in 2018

More than 1,500 seniors and more than 7,300 children have received food since the program’s launch in 2016

SUCCESS STORIES

We'll be sharing stories of how this program has changed lives soon!

ATTEND

5:30 - 6:30 pm
Please bring your own reusable bags

 

Danbury/Northern Fairfield County
Fourth Wednesday of the month
Walnut Hill Community Church
156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel, CT
Flier (English and Espanol PDF)
For more information, contact Caroline LaFleur at 203.297.6307

 

New Milford/Southern Litchfield County
First Wednesday of the month

Faith Church
600 Danbury Road, #1, New Milford, CT

Flier (English and Espanol PDF)
For more information, contact Katy Francis at 860.354.8800

 

Stamford
Second Tuesday of the month

Union Baptist Church
805 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT

Flier (English and Espanol PDF)
For more information, contact Nicole Granskog at 203.883.6034