A fundraiser to benefit Danbury food pantries has raised more than $70,000, but is still short of its $100,000 goal. The Feeding Our Neighbors Challenge will benefit food pantries that are members of the Danbury Food Collaborative.
United Way of Western Connecticut provides backbone support to this collaborative and is handling administration and distribution of the funds to the member pantries. The deadline for the Feeding Our Neighbors Challenge fundraising effort has been extended to November 26th.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, when many lower-income workers lost their jobs, the United Way says Danbury’s food pantries have been inundated with more clients seeking food. The challenges in obtaining enough food have been especially difficult for families with school-age children, who often eat many meals at school. With distance learning, children are home all day, putting a stress on the family food budgets.
Local food pantries that will benefit from donations to the “Feeding Our Neighbors Community Challenge” are:
• Association of Religious Communities (ARC)
• Bethel Food Pantry
• Brookfield Social Services
• Camella's Cupboard
• Catholic Charities - Morning Glory Breakfast Program
• Community Action Agency of Western CT
• Daily Bread Food Pantry
• Hillside Food Outreach
• Interfaith AIDS Ministry
• Jericho Partnership
• The Salvation Army
• Victory Christian Center
• Purple Heart Ministries
• Walnut Hill Community Food Pantry