The final numbers are in for the Feeding Our Neighbors Community Challenge. More than $117,000 was raised for 14 Greater Danbury are food pantries. The pantries are supporting an increased number of individuals and families struggling with food insecurity as part of the fallout from the pandemic.
The United Way of Western Connecticut and Union Savings Bank launched the campaign in October for the Danbury Food Collaborative, bringing on board Newtown Savings Bank and Savings Bank of Danbury. The 3 B’s Foundation offered a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $15,000, in December and local donors met the challenge, bringing the total dollars raised beyond the original goal of $100,000.
Members of the Danbury Food Collaborative report serving three times as many households as they were before the pandemic. Calls for information about food to Connecticut’s 211 line more than quadrupled during some months in 2020.
Daily Bread Food Pantry Director Peter Kent says their share of the Feeding Our Neighbors Community Challenge will pay for the majority of food typically purchases for a whole month. While donations of food are critical, he says cash is what allows them to supplement those donations with exactly the right food at exactly the right time.
Local food pantries that benefited 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