Stock the Pantry 2023



Thank you for supporting our 18th 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: hunger.




Our soup kitchens and food pantries have seen a staggering increase in demand just as inflation cuts into their resources.  But, you stepped up to these challenges and filled 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.

Thanks to your generosity and all those who joined in this effort, we are providing over 18,000 pounds of food to our food pantries to feed families this summer.

We hope you enjoyed participating in our annual Day of Action and will join us to Stock the Pantry next year!  Thank you!

Looking for additional volunteer opportunites?  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 Wednesday, June 21st at MacDermid Alpha in downtown Waterbury!

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2023
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 21st.

  3. Drop off all donations on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 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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Statistics on Food Insecurity

  • 1 In 4 people in Waterbury lives in poverty. Children make up 34.9% and seniors make up 13.6%.
  • Over the past year, over 1,600 calls were made to United Way 2-1-1 from the Greater Waterbury area regarding the need for food.
  • Of the 233,508 people who live in the 10-town United Way of Greater Waterbury service area, 13.7% struggle with food insecurity.
Together we can make a difference!  Watch our 2022 Day of Action to Stock the Pantry story on NBC30 and be inspired!

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