Buy a rubber duck to help feed kids in need

The Valley United Way Corporate Volunteer Council is asking local companies to give a duck to help feed children in need this summer.

In an effort to address growing concerns about food insecurity in the Valley towns of Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Seymour and Oxford, the Valley United Way Corporate Volunteer Council is selling rubber ducks for $5 each as part of the 2014 Day of Action. For each $5 donation, a local child in need will be fed for a day.

Donations will be accepted from now until mid-June. The rubber ducks will be making their splash into the fountain at 1 Corporate Drive in Shelton on Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. Each rubber duck will symbolize a child fed for one day.

This initiative is taking place as part of the Day of Action. United Way rallies communities each year near the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, to make a collective impact in a call to action to create a measurable difference.

Summertime help

Food during the summer is critical for children who are part of the supplemental nutritional assistance program, otherwise known as SNAP. During the summer months, these children do not receive meals they would be provided during the school year, which places added stress on families currently in need.

Contact Patricia Tarasovic, director of the volunteer center, at or by calling 203-926-9478 for more information. Donations can also be made online at