The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Inc., a fully recognized I.R.C. 501 (c) (3) charity, is lower Fairfield County’s primary hunger-relief organization. We provide food to more than 85 non-profit agencies and programs that serve low income people in our six town service area through bags of groceries and congregate meals. These include soup kitchens, food pantries, child care programs, homeless shelters, senior centers, domestic violence safe houses, and rehabilitation programs.
During 2013, The Food Bank distributed 2,341,421 pounds of food to its member agencies at a savings to them of more than $3.7 million over the wholesale cost of the food. These agencies reported serving over 4 million meals to more than 150,000 individuals (unduplicated only within each agency) during this period.
History: The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Inc. originated in 1984 as an agency of the Council of Churches and Synagogues. In January 2003, The Food Bank became an independent entity with its own board of directors. The Food Bank is a Connecticut non-profit corporation that is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Mission: The Food Bank’s mission is to provide nutritious food to non-profit organizations that feed the hungry in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, and Wilton while seeking to raise awareness of,and promote action to combat, hunger in those communities.
Target Population: We provide food for low-income residents of the six town area we serve through more than 85 member agencies and programs.
Program: The Food Bank is this area’s primary hunger-relief organization. We provide food to any qualified non-profit agency in a six town area of Fairfield County (Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Wilton) that serves low income people through congregate meals or bags of groceries. These agencies include soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food pantries, child day care centers, after school programs, senior centers and rehabilitation programs.
The Food Bank is the only service of its kind in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. We solicit, collect, sort, warehouse and distribute donated food from such sources as national manufacturers, Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), federal and state programs, Connecticut Food Bank, local merchants, state and local food drives and individuals. In addition, The Food Bank purchases rarely donated meat and poultry in bulk at very low cost for redistribution to member agencies. We store the food in our warehouse store on Glenbrook Road in Stamford and distribute it to our member agencies that feed the hungry in our communities. Our member agencies “shop” at The Food Bank's warehouse store on Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. They pay a shared maintenance fee of 19 cents a pound.
The Food Bank’s member agencies include Shelter For The Homeless in Stamford; Open Door Shelter in Norwalk; Wilson Memorial Church Pantry in Stamford; Jewish Family Services in Stamford; Person To Person in Darien and Norwalk; Domus Foundation in Stamford; Inspirica in Stamford; Faith Tabernacle Pantry in Stamford; Neighbor To Neighbor in Greenwich; and Domestic Violence Crisis Centers in Stamford and Norwalk, to mention just a few.