P2P On Wheels Allows the Agency to Deliver Emergency Assistance Services Where They Are Needed Most
P2P On Wheels
P2P On Wheels in Stamford helps address the high rate of food insecurity in that city, serves more Stamford residents with casework counseling and emergency financial assistance. Our presence in Stamford also increases our opportunities to collaborate with partner agencies in Stamford.
Staffed by a P2P Caseworker for client appointments, P2P On Wheels features a full selection of grocery items including fresh fruits & vegetables, dairy items, grains, meat & poultry and shelf-stable goods. We are able to provide enough food for three meals a day for seven days for each member of the family.
The rate of food insecurity in Stamford is staggering – 12% of the city’s population does not know where their next meal is coming from. With the high cost of living in this area, nearly 30,000 Stamford residents struggle financially.
The effects of poverty and food insecurity – hunger and poor health – are devastating. For children, the impact is even more severe and has long-term consequences – stunting their physical and emotional growth, as well as limiting their educational and economic opportunities.
Serving More People
At the Darien Food Pantry, P2P is limited to serving 20 Stamford families daily. With P2P On Wheels, we are able to serve up to an additional 40 families daily – in their own neighborhoods – with nutritious groceries for a full week of meals.
Having a P2P Caseworker on board gives people in the community local access to counseling services and emergency financial assistance.
Increasing Collaborative Partnerships
A neighborhood approach to meeting client needs, in collaboration with partner agencies in Stamford, provides greater support in the community – offering more localized access to P2P services and direct assistance to low-income individuals and families as they move towards stability.
Locations & Schedules
Responding to the need to increase our capacity to serve Stamford residents, we will shift our food pantry services to operate out of two partner locations, and add an additional day of operations. These changes will permit us to have longer distribution hours, and allow for safe social distancing.
Beginning Monday, April 27th, we will be providing food assistance at the following locations:
Yerwood Center (gym) 90 Fairfield Avenue: Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 AM – 2 PM
DOMUS (back parking lot/lobby) 83 Lockwood Avenue: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 AM – 2 PM.
These hours are being supplemented by home delivery to anyone requesting it. Those in need of services can call (203)655-0048. See temporary schedule here.
Volunteers are needed to help with registration and client shopping at partner sites in the city and sorting/stocking food donations in the Stamford warehouse.
Receptionist: Clients have appointments to visit P2P On Wheels to shop for groceries for their family. Receptionist volunteers provide thoughtful care while greeting clients at partner site locations in Stamford. They then refer the client to the Food Pantry, which is on site, to make their selections. Exceptional customer service skills and computer literacy a must. Ability to speak Spanish or Haitian Creole a plus. Two-hour shifts: Mon–Wed from 11am–3pm, Thu from 3pm–7pm.
Shopping Assistants: Shopping Assistants work directly on P2P On Wheels helping clients make their grocery selections. They use a shopping list which was created for P2P by a nutritionist based on the USDA ‘MyPlate’ healthy eating style guidelines. Exceptional customer service skills a must. Two-hour shifts: Mon–Wed from 11am–3pm, Thu from 3pm–7pm.
Warehouse: Warehouse Stockers unload, sort and organize fresh fruits & vegetables, dairy items, grains, meat & poultry and shelf-stable goods. Volunteers stock the shelves and load P2P On Wheels daily. Two-hour shifts: Mon–Fri from 12n–2pm.
For more information, contact Rick Nixon at 203-621-0721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How You Can Help
As a community-supported agency, Person-to-Person depends on donations of time, talent and treasure from the community to help people who come to the agency for assistance.
Stock shelves and bins on P2P On Wheels at the Stamford warehouse or guide clients through their food selection in P2P On Wheels. For more information, contact Rick Nixon at 203-621-0721 or email email@example.com.
Donations go to the area of greatest need – whether it’s purchasing groceries at an average cost of 11¢ per meal or helping to pay a utility bill with $100 in financial assistance – and more than 90% of all donations go directly to benefit clients. Donate.