The Community Cupboard

The Community Cupboard 2020-06-22T17:20:09-04:00

In accordance to The City of Miami’s shelter in place order to fight the spread of COVID-19 our United Way campus is temporarily closed. For emergency assistance, call our 24-hour community Helpline at 2-1-1.

vol-communitycupboard-main2Of 857,712 households in Miami-Dade in 2017, 37 percent 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.

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.

For more information, contact Nhung Tran,

Volunteer Now

If you are looking for assistance and would like to shop in our Community Cupboard, please schedule an appointment.

Schedule an Appointment


  • 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


  • Chicken, tuna
  • Dried beans
  • Soups, chili, stews, broths
  • Nuts/peanut butter


  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Bath/dish soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers

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