Coronavirus Creates A Need For Emergency Food Donations In Our Area - Stamford Moms

As many schools in our area have decided to close and grocery store shelves empty, some non profit organizations are in desperate need of donations.

Check the list below to see how you can help!

Filling In The Blanks

Filling in the Blanks is putting out a call for an emergency food drive, as schools close and they are faced with the need to distribute additional donated food items to children in their program.

The Norwalk-based non-profit provides food on the weekends to children in our area who qualify for the free or reduced lunch programs or are part of the Alice populations (working families that are right above the poverty line but still struggle to get by). Each child participating in the program receives a dietician approved bag of food that contains two breakfast items, two lunch items, four snacks, a veggie, two containers of milk and a fresh piece of fruit.

Donations are now being taken virtually, here!

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County is also struggling to keep food on the shelves. The food bank serves more than 90 agencies in lower Fairfield County. 

To reach the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, call (203) 358-8898. 

Palmer’s Market in Darien has $10 food bags you can purchase when shopping to donate to the Lower Food Bank of Fairfield County.

Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor to Neighbor has paused clothing donations to focus on food donations for families. There are two ways to help:

Click here to donate, they buy in bulk so every $1 donation = $2.50 of food!

Or drop non perishable food donations off during these hours:
 
Monday – Saturday
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday & Thursday
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
 
For deliveries & donations after hours, please call to make an appointment.

Person-to-Person

There are a few different ways to help:

The Door2Door program is reliant on volunteers – and more are needed to pre-pack groceries and deliver them to the doorsteps of client’s homes and apartment buildings, with no direct contact.
 
Packing is done at P2P’s Darien location, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in an open space following social distancing protocols.
 
Anyone interested in helping can email Juri Garone or call (203)621-0703.

Financial Contributions:gift of $100 would help provide a week’s worth of groceries to a family of four. Donate here.

Virtual Food Drive: Give Food on the Virtual Food Drive here.

Donate Food: Donations of shelf stable food such as hearty soup, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, and pasta sauce will help families prepare for longer-term impact. With school closures in our area, too many children will not being receiving school-based meal programs. Help families ensure that children continue to learn and thrive. Food donations can be brought to the Darien or Norwalk food pantries. See a list of the most needed food items here. Call (203) 655-0048 for more information.

Gift Cards: Gift cards to area grocery stores in any denomination can be delivered to the Darien or Norwalk locations.

Clothing: Out of an abundance of caution, we have temporarily stopped accepting clothing donations until further notice and our clothing center is temporarily closed. We would be so grateful if you could hold on to any donations until we can safely reopen and restock the clothing center.

Tiny Miracles

Available for virtual mentoring for any parents of preemies in need of emotional support at this time. 

Make a financial donation here!

GREENWICH MOMS DIGITAL FOOD DRIVE

Our sister site, Greenwich Moms has just launched a digital food drive to help Neighbor to Neighbor.
 

DOMUS

How you can help:

Financial support: In any amount, for all the items below, and as an emergency relief fund for families to pay rent, utilities, and other urgent expenses should they lose their income during this crisis; 

Hand sanitizer: Staff members are meeting in-person with young people and families to provide essential goods and check in on their mental and physical health, so we want to ensure they are protected. The current supply of hand sanitizer has been depleted.

Food: Any shelf-stable, easy to prepare food such as pasta and sauce, peanut butter and jelly, granola bars, tuna, Ramen, cereal, single-serving meals, and snacks. Many of the young people are caring for themselves and/or younger siblings at home, so foods that can be easily made and enjoyed by young people are needed; 

Personal care and household items: Laundry detergent, deodorant, bar and liquid body/hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, toilet paper, body lotion, menstrual pads, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and diapers are needed, as are arts and crafts and games to entertain young siblings in the care of older siblings; 

$25 gift cards: To purchase the above items as needed; Amex, VISA, Shoprite, and Stop & Shop gift cards would be the most helpful. 

You can drop off your donations at our 83 Lockwood Avenue site in Stamford, or you can make a financial donation here.

The Amazon wish list is here. 

SALVATION ARMY OF STAMFORD

The Salvation Army of Stamford provides a food pantry available monthly or as needed on emergency basis and diaper bank distributes diapers to relieve some financial burden for low-income families to ensure a better quality of life.

They are in need of non-perishable food items, items for kids to eat and sanitizing supplies like wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. Drop off at 198 Selleck Street, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday or by calling to schedule a drop off, (203) 359-0356.

Monetary donations can be made here.

The Fairfield County COVID-19 Resiliency Fund

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation launched the Fairfield County COVID-19 Resiliency Fund on March 18 to help minimize the local social and economic consequences of this global pandemic and to prevent the widening of disparities in education, employment, housing, and health in our region. Less than one month later, the Fund has received more than $1.8 million in donations as of April 14. Donate here.

In its first two weeks, more than $500,000 in emergency grant fund was rapidly deployed to more than 30 frontline community organizations that meet the basic needs of local residents in Fairfield County. A second round of grant funding, totaling approximately $1 million, is expected to be announced and distributed by the end of this week. You can find a list of grantees here.

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