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MacDermid Challenge Met!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

 UPDATE!:Only minutes before 5:00PM on July 6th- we made our goal!

We raised $20,000 NEW dollars from (approx.) 30 donors - activating a generous $20,000 MacDermind challenge grant match - infusing $40,000 of food into our local food pantries!

THANK YOU to our our incredible donors who stepped up, again, to help our community! & Thank You MacDermid for showing what it means to LIVE UNITED!




BREAKING: MacDermid, Inc. a Platform Specialty Products Company Announces $20k Challenge Grant!  Learn more about how you can help us to activate this grant to help the hungry in our community!



MacDermid, Inc., a Platform Specialty Products Company, Responds to United Way's Call to Help Food Pantries Solve Refrigeration Challenge

MacDermid Pantries

Waterbury, Conn. - United Way of Greater Waterbury recently completed an18 month data collection project with four of the major food pantries in Waterbury to better understand how clients access the food delivery system and their patterns of pantry utilization.
This project was an opportunity to foster better collaboration among Waterbury programs that provide emergency food services, while at the same time work to increase the programs' capacity to improve services, seek grants and report to funders. This project produced the data needed to identify gaps and inefficiencies in Waterbury's emergency food services.

The city's four major pantries who took part in the pilot served 4,525 heads of household and family members during the 18 months ending February 2014. The heads of household made nearly 13,000 pantry visits during this period. We know that pantry consumers receive largely nonperishable items, yet they have expressed a great need for meat and perishable items (and 40% of consumers had to visit more than one pantry during the period in order to obtain enough priority items).

Many Waterbury food pantries struggle to meet the growing needs of consumers and due to lack of equipment are limited to distributing canned and other nonperishable items. Inadequate refrigerator and freezer capacity sometimes means pantries cannot take perishable foods (including eggs and no-cost meat provided through the federal TEFAP program-available at the CT Food Bank).

Working to solve the capacity limitation and make it possible to store and distribute food items very much needed by food-insecure consumers, United Way of Greater Waterbury reached out to long-time United Way corporate partner MacDermid, Inc., a Platform Specialty Products company in Waterbury.

Without hesitation, MacDermid, Inc. committed to a gift of $8,000 to provide 5 refrigeration units to 4 pantries. This generous support not only covers the refrigeration units, but delivery and $3,500 in food.

In addition, United Way of Greater Waterbury reached out to the Connecticut Community Foundation who responded with a generous $2,500 grant in support of this effort.

"We have always believed that no one should go without a meal" shared Frank J. Monteiro SVP & CFO of Platform Specialty Products. "Being involved in the Greater Waterbury community is in our DNA and dates back to the days of Harold and Dan Leever's stewardship. We are thankful to have this opportunity to help United Way assist our local food pantries help more people in need."

"MacDermid, Inc. has played a major role in our United Way for decades, with a passion for addressing Basic Needs in our community" expressed Kristen Jacoby, President of United Way of Greater Waterbury. "When we reached out to explore solutions to address the findings from our data collection study, they understood the need and responded with incredible generosity. As a direct result, these food pantries will be able to serve clients with food that was unavailable previously with higher nutritional value. Words cannot express how appreciative we are."

About United Way of Greater Waterbury
The mission of United Way of Greater Waterbury is to mobilize financial and volunteer resources and convene partners to address the needs of our community and
to invest in approaches that measurably improve the community conditions for all. Our service area includes Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury. For more information go to: www.unitedwaygw.org.

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