Valley United Way has long been an integral part of food solutions in the Valley. Food Security by definition is when people are at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food. 

The percentage of children who receive free or reduced lunch in a school district is a common indicator of poverty in a community.  The Valley has as many as 80% of students in one district down to 23% in the lowest.  While 80% is alarming, 23% is still unacceptable.  

Food or the lack of food or appropriate food impacts so many other factors.  For children it is an educational barrier because children can’t concentrate, have higher absenteeism, higher incidence of health issues, and they typically they may not reach their learning milestones at 3rd and 8th grade. 

Please help United Way and our many partners find and implement solutions to assure that all residents have access to nutritious food.

Together, when we LIVE UNITED great things happen!

Mark your calendars for May 1-2 For the Great Give!!

You will have 36 hours to make generous donations to help Valley United Way provide beautiful gardens to low-income neighborhoods. Our gardens have provided more than 2,000 pounds of fresh produce! In 2018 we put 10 gardens in 4 Valley cities; Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, and Seymour. 

Help us build more gardens all around the Valley! To help low-income residents have access to fresh produce.









Other Options

  • Mail your check to Valley United Way at 54 Grove Street, Shelton, CT 06484
  • Call our office at (203) 926-9478 to speak to a staff member about ways you can give or to process a credit card via phone
  • Host a special fundraising event
  • Leave a legacy with planned giving options