COVID-19 Roundup: Face Masks; Food Closet; Moms’ Morning Photos; More

Since 1975, the Westport Woman’s Club has partnered with the Department of Human Services on a year-round, emergency food distribution program, the Food Closet.

When the club gets a call members fill bags of groceries, add Stop & Shop gift cards that the WWC purchases, and deliver the food to Town Hall, or directly to the recipient (whose name remains anonymous).

During the pandemic, requests for food have risen dramatically. In addition to increased demand, a traditional May food drive with the US Postal Service has been canceled.

Non-perishables are desperately needed. Canned goods can be dropped off at the Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Avenue) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, between 9 a.m. and noon. (If the door is locked, call 203-227-4240.)

Checks are also welcome. Click here to donate online. They can also be made out to “Westport Woman’s Club,” and sent to 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport CT 06880.

Last year, Westport Woman’s Club members Wendy McKeon, Catherine Smith and Kim Reichert helped out with the Food Closet drive.

Two women-owned local businesses — Bungalow and Private Portraits — have teamed up to capture casual, candid glimpses of women at home, while raising money for female entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19.

“Sophisticated boudoir photographer” Jen Goldberg takes sunrise, socially distanced front porch sessions — as early as 5:30 a.m. — capturing moms in the moments just before their house awakens.

A portion of the proceeds benefits Sara Blakely’s The Red Backpack Fund. The nationwide effort will make at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to women whose businesses have been impacted during the pandemic.

For $100 (additional donations welcome), you’ll receive a 5 x 7 print and a $25 gift card to Bungalow, the Sconset Square boutique. For more information, email

HINT: Mother’s Day is Sunday!

(Photo/Jen Goldberg)

Rye Ridge Deli originally stayed open, with curbside and delivery service. Business was slow though, so they closed. Now they’re back open, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to order online.

Also now open, after an initial closure: Five Guys (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Click here for curbside pickup and delivery.

“Essential businesses” in Westport with 50 employees or fewer are are eligible for free masks, under a state plan. Click this link, but hurry: The application deadline is early afternoon tomorrow (Thursday, May 7).

In addition, 1st Selectman Jim Marpe advises residents about the proper use of cloth face masks. According to the CDC, they should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Do not put your hands on the front of mask when putting it on or taking it off. Use the loops or attached ties to secure or remove. Click here for more instructions on cloth mask use.

Homes With Hope hosts a non-perishable food drive this Saturday (May 9), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gillespie Center behind Restoration Hardware. Items needed include canned chicken, salmon, Spam, tuna, fruit, applesauce, soups, stews and vegetables; pasta sauce; peanut butter and jelly; mac and cheese; Chef Boyardee, and cereal.


The Sunny Daes cow has the right idea. (Photo/Lily Bloomingdale)

And finally … this underrated gem, from Sir Elton John:

One response to “COVID-19 Roundup: Face Masks; Food Closet; Moms’ Morning Photos; More

  1. Anna DeVito

    Dan – as i do not have a facebook page I would like to use your space to respond to the many on Westport Now who are all complaining about the “insanity” of opening beaches, etc. and thanks – put this wherever you like.

    to all those opinions recently logged into the Westport Now debate about the Beaches opening etc.

    seriously folks – why can’t everyone just do as they are told? For the time being – just follow the darn rules – there can be a million personal opinions about all this but really folks you are all just whining – enough already – as i write this i am hearing on the news that several children have died from some infection which is a form of the covid virus – are you all kidding? Everyone is an expert and the experts /scientists don’t know what they are talking about? Stop please and take a step back – remember the 40-something group who gave the ‘famous Westport party” back at the beginning of this and many there got very sick and were out and about in the community before they found out they had the virus – ? there was a smart move so maybe we should all do the same thing – NO – as adults shouldn’t we at least have learned by others mistakes and stop the whining – grow up and act responsibly – think of others besides yourselves. Of course we are all disappointed that our summer will be different and the children as well but children are alot less to complain as loudly as the adults – set an example – and explain that sometimes things happen and even though we are disappointed it is for these very reasons we need to be safe – pull out a hose and slip and slide and they will be fine – and why don’t you jump on it yourselves and have fun.