Naugatuck Valley Community College hosted the United Way’s annual Stock the Pantry weigh-in at the Founders Hall Parking lot on June 21 where more than 18,000 pounds of food was donated. In addition, the dollars donated to Stock the Pantry will be used to purchase food, adding to the overall total. NVCC’s Development Office led the initiative with support from facilities and the entire college community. Joann Reynolds-Balanda, Vice President of Community Impact for the United Way of Greater Waterbury said, “United Way of Greater Waterbury is committed to collecting food that provides the most nutritious choices to those who will visit our local food pantries. The 14th Annual Day of Action to Stock the Pantry is a perfect time to boost supply because it coincides with the end of the school year, when many families face an additional stress on the food budget as students are unable to participate in free or reduced school lunch programs.”
Local residents and community organizations drove into the Founders Hall Parking lot with cars and trucks overflowing with food that the volunteers loaded onto two trucks for the Connecticut Food Bank in an assembly-line fashion. Volunteers included NVCC alumni, students, staff, and faculty, members of the community, and members of the Waterbury Fire Department. In addition to Reynolds-Balanda, other members of the United Way on the ground included Kristen Jacoby, President and Chief Professional; Glenn McCabe, Director of Marketing and Communications Officer, Renee Young, Community Impact Manager; and Camiecia Anthony, Administrative Assistant.
All donated food helped to supply greater-Waterbury food pantries throughout the summer months when students are not receiving lunch free or at a reduced cost through school lunch programs. NVCC has been working in partnership with the United Way for years to support community initiatives like this.
NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., praised the generous participants of this event. “This powerful event continues to show the impact of working together in Waterbury to support those in need.”