Community Development Block Grant Funds Daily Bread Food Pantry’s Reconfiguration Project

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Community Development Block Grant Funds Daily Bread Food Pantry’s Reconfiguration Project

By Tribuna Staff

Daily Bread Food Pantry (DBFP), a Danbury non-profit organization that provides food free-of charge to low- and moderate-income families in need, is thrilled to announce that work has begun on a comprehensive reconfiguration of its interior space. This project is funded by a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the City of Danbury. The agency is grateful to Mayor Boughton and the City of Danbury for their continued support and assistance through the grant and construction process.

The much-needed renovation will allow DBFP to better serve thousands of residents in Greater Danbury, reworking a facility designed in 1984 for a much simpler and far smaller operation. The project will bring the agency into the present and prepare it for the future by putting in place an open floor plan for less congested food distribution, wheelchair accessibility, new adjustable, commercial-grade shelving, a more efficient heating and cooling system, additional refrigeration units, improved lighting and flooring, much-needed storage, work and closet space, running water and more. The pantry is pleased to have executed a construction contract with Stasio, Inc., a building firm from Ridgefield, Connecticut. Work is underway and is expected to be complete before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The organization would also like to acknowledge Saint James Episcopal Church for its unwavering support, the Ridgefield Thrift Shop and the Woman’s Club of Danbury/New Fairfield for directing funds to the project, architect Leigh Overland for donating his time and expertise and all of the volunteers who have worked many hours to make this undertaking a reality.

Daily Bread Food Pantry, located behind St. James Church at 25 West Street, serves Greater Danbury families in need due to illness, disability, job loss, low wages and/or personal or family crises. Several hundred different households visit every month, totaling nearly 3,000 each year. The pantry’s client population has multiplied many times over since its founding and continues to grow each day.

Daily Bread offers an array of non-perishable, personal care and household products along with meat, dairy and produce twice weekly. Every family may shop at the pantry once per month and, each time, bring home approximately fifty to eighty pounds of groceries. No one is ever turned away without food.

The volunteer-run agency receives donations of food and funds from local civic groups, businesses, schools, religious organizations and individuals and partners with supermarkets and the Connecticut Food Bank. Though the generous CDBG grant will substantially finance the reconfiguration project, the pantry seeks additional financial support for unmet renovation costs. Please visit the pantry’s website for donation information.

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October 9, 2019

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