Student Affairs

Food, Housing, and Basic Needs Insecurity

On today’s college campuses, many students struggle to access housing, healthy and affordable food, as well as adequate health care.  There are several support services available to students both on campus as well as in the greater Danbury community to help students with these issues.

Food Pantries:

WCSU Newman Center Food Pantry

 

Danbury Food Pantries 

  1. Hillside Food Outreach
  2. United Way of Western Connecticut
  3. Dorothy Day Hospitality House
  4. Jericho Partnership
  5. The Salvation Army
  6. Food Distribution Center – City of Danbury Emergency Shelter
  7. James Episcopal Church

Other Programs:

  • 2-1-1 of Connecticut also provides comprehensive up-to-date information on available food programs and services. Give them a call at 211 or use the following link for food program information Food – United Way of Connecticut – 211 and eLibrary (211ct.org)
  • The United Way of Western Connecticut and the Danbury Food Collaborative have provided a useful tool to help individuals in the Greater Danbury area with information to access various agencies that provide food services, SNAP information and other supportive services.
  • Access the Mobile Food Pantry Schedulehttp://www.ctfoodbank.org
  • Free Financial Coaching: Alice Save and Trust Financial Partners are collaborating to offer free financial coaching online or by phone.  For a free 30-minute session text Alice Saves to 646-349-5959.
  • Healthy Saving Card – offers substantial discounts at the grocery store; offered through the United Way of Western Connecticut. Sign up today at prosperikey.org.  Eligibility is based on residence in the 15-town region in Fairfield and Litchfield Counties and is income qualified.  For more information e-mail healthsayvings@uwwesternct.orgcreate new email or 203-883-0879
  • The Danbury Food Collaborative brings food pantries and congregate meal providers together to address the needs of the City’s food insecure residents. If you need immediate assistance accessing emergency food or nutrition programs, please call 2-1-1 or visit 211ct.org for United Ways free and confidential database of services and programs for those in need.
  • Prosperi-Key brings those in need the resources from local businesses, non-profits and government by providing a marketplace that aims to make life easier for you. Go to https://www.prosperikey.org/onboarding/income-verification to complete the application to verify your eligibility to become a Key Member to be able to get access to discounts on food, family fun and other life necessities that save your time and money.
  • Apply for SNAP Benefits – On your own: Connecticut Department of Social Services – ConneCT click on box “Apply Now” If you need assistance applying: Call our SNAP Outreach Team: 860-856-4357 (860-856-HELP)
    SNAP benefits are used at the grocery store or online to buy food and are accessible using a debit-type card. To apply,

Emergency Funding

WCSU Student Cares Student Assistance Fund

The WCSU Cares fund supports our students with different types of assistance, ranging from textbook assistance to short term housing arrangements due to unforeseen financial emergencies that would impact their ability to pursue their education.