Stock the Pantry 2024


Join us for our 19th United Way Day of Action!  For almost two decades, the longest day of the year has been a way to raise awareness and make a difference for one of the most impactful of our Basic Needs.

Our soup kitchens and food pantries have seen a staggering increase in demand just as inflation cuts into their resources.  But you can step up to help fill their empty shelves with food items that will keep kids from experiencing the summer slide — the tendency for students to lose some of their academic achievement when school ends.  This is especially true for students from lower-income households who depend on lunch programs to stave off the lack of reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food needed to live an active, healthy life.

Last year, we were able to provide over 20,000 pounds of food to our food pantries to feed families this summer.

To sign up your company or group,  contact:

[email protected] / 203-757-9855 x114

Virtual giving:

Give online by purchasing healthy food items!


in-person collecting:


Collect in-person and drop off on our Day of Action!

This year, United Way of Greater Waterbury invites you to collect healthy food items with family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and more. Start collecting and prepare to drop off your donations on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at MacDermid Alpha in downtown Waterbury!

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Address: 245 Freight Street, Waterbury, CT 06702

We encourage you to keep track to inform us what you've collected within your group. Complete the following steps:

  1. Print a sheet that you can fill out what you are collecting.

  2. Start collecting! Keep track of the donations and include your name/business and the total number of items received. If you can't count all items, just include the type of food, United Way will be weighing the amount you bring on June 20th.

  3. Drop off all donations on Thursday, June 20th, in boxes/bags/crates that you can part with! This will be super helpful for us as we work to sort and distribute amongst 11 food pantries.

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Watch Highlights from 2023

Feeding America has released the latest food insecurity data from its annual Map the Meal Gap report and the numbers are staggering:

468,150 people in Connecticut are food insecure (an increase of 23%)

1 in 8 Connecticut residents are food insecure, compared in 1 in 10 last year

1 in 6 children in Connecticut are food insecure

1 in 4 Black persons in Connecticut are food insecure

1 in 4 Hispanic persons in Connecticut are food insecure

1 in 11 White non-Hispanic persons in Connecticut are food insecure

The cost per meal in Connecticut is now $4.27 compared to $3.84 last year

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