The Community Cupboard

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Roughly 37 percent of households in Miami-Dade are ALICE households – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level but can barely cover the basics including housing, transportation, child care, health care, and food. Another 17 percent of households are living in poverty. In total, 477,849 households – roughly 54 percent of all households – continue to struggle to make ends meet. A family of four with two small children needs to earn at least $76,692 to cover basic living expenses in Miami-Dade.

In 2011, United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education launched the Community Cupboard to help families that do not receive regular food assistance by providing them with, on average, 28 lbs. of food monthly. In our continuing efforts to collectively build a strong, viable community, we launched our second Community Cupboard at a partnering Early Head Start Center in 2015, serving families in Liberty City.

We rely solely on donations from generous individuals and groups in our community to stock our cupboards with healthy and nutritious staples. Good nutrition is key in early education and we hope we can count on you to help our children get the best possible start in school and in life by supporting our United Way Community Cupboard.

Volunteers can be any age to conduct a food drive, with parent/guardian permission. To volunteer or if you’re looking for assistance, please contact Nhung Tran, for additional information.


  • Applesauce
  • Dried fruit
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Jelly/jam
  • Pasta sauce
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups
  • 100% fruit/vegetable juice


  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Dry pasta/noodles
  • Granola/snack bars
  • Oatmeal/oats
  • Rice/rice mixes
  • Pancake/waffle mix


  • Canned proteins like chicken or tuna
  • Dried beans
  • Soups, chili, stews, broths
  • Nuts/peanut butter


  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Bath/dish soap
  • Toiletries
  • Baby items such as formula or diapers

*Must be non-perishable canned/boxed/low sugar