Still adjusting to the new Connecticut law that eliminated plastic grocery bags? Why not stock up on reusable bags and give back to the community at the same time?
During the month of October, United Way of Western Connecticut will receive $1 for every reusable bag you purchase for $2.50 at the Stop & Shop located at 72 Newtown Road in Danbury, CT
Your $1 will not only help the environment, it will make a difference for the hard-working, struggling families in our region we call ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). ALICE and families living in poverty make up 40% of the households in the region served by United Way of Western Connecticut. In Danbury and the neighborhoods surrounding the Stop & Shop on Newtown Road, 50% of families struggle to get by.
How Does United Way Improve Food Security?
Many ALICE individuals and families work hard at important jobs. We depend on them to care for our children and elderly parents, drive school buses, stock store shelves, and clean our offices. Others are retired after a lifetime of hard work. Their incomes are too high to qualify them for programs like SNAP (food stamps), but their household budgets are stretched to the breaking point by housing and transportation costs, child care or medical expenses.
United Way of Western Connecticut helps people who struggle by:
- Providing free food at three Mobile Food Pantries each month (one each in Bethel, New Milford, and Stamford). Last year, we distributed 183,652 pounds of food to families in need through these Mobile Food Pantries. More than 80% of that food was fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein. More than 400 families each month attend these Mobile Food Pantries; many of the heads of households who attend tell us they are working more than 40 hours per week.
- Coordinating the GROW (Groceries on Wheels) Truck in Danbury, New Milford, and Stamford, through a partnership with the Connecticut Food Bank. The GROW Truck program offers parents of children under 18 a free workshop on nutrition or family budgeting, followed by a visit to a refrigerated truck stocked with food, where they select up to 70 pounds of free, healthy groceries.
United Way’s food programs mean that struggling families and individuals, including retirees, will not only have healthier food, they’ll have more money to pay rent, make a car payment or purchase medication.
Every time you use your reusable Stop & Shop bag, you’ll feel good knowing you not only helped the environment, you helped to put fresh, healthy food on the tables of hardworking families. So pitch in by purchasing a bag, and you’ll know that your hard-working or retired neighbors and friends are eating healthier thanks to your support.