United Way, Nuvance Health to open free ‘Food Farmacy’ in Danbury

DANBURY — Residents with certain health conditions who lack consistent access to nutritious food will soon get help, thanks to a plan to open a “food pharmacy” in downtown Danbury.

United Way is partnering with Nuvance Health to open the Greater Danbury Food Farmacy at the Connecticut Institute for Communities at 120 Main St.

“We have worked in partnership with Nuvance for some time now and decided that a food pharmacy was a terrific option for Danbury and the residents of Danbury,” said Ashley Gaudiano, vice president of resources development and marketing at the United Way of Western Connecticut.

The Greater Danbury Food Farmacy will be unlike other food pantries.

“It’ll have the look and feel of a small grocery store, with aisles, refrigeration and fresh foods that are well-balanced with a lot of produce — healthier food options,” Gaudiano said, noting that the Greater Danbury Food Farmacy won’ t be open to everyone.