Danbury protest to cut short meal distribution
DANBURY — Meal distributions at local schools will end a half hour early on Saturday due to a planned protest against systemic racism.
The New American Dream Foundation will distributes meals from 10 to 11 a.m. at Morris Street, Park Avenue and South Street schools, as well as the Early Childhood Center. The distribution normally runs until 11:30 a.m.
Ending early will help families and volunteers avoid traffic or potential road closures from the protest, scheduled at Rogers Park at noon, said Emanuela Palmares, vice president of the foundation.
“Everyone is going to do what they need to do, whether it is fight against injustice or fight against hunger,” she said.
Protests are being held locally and nationwide after the death of George Floyd, who was killed when a white Minneapolis cop pressed his knee on the black man’s neck for more than eight minutes.
South Street School is near Rogers Park. Volunteers also need to drive on nearby roads to get to Danbury Tower and Kimberly Place, two-low income senior apartment buildings where the organization hands out meals after the school distributions, Palmares said.
Usually, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. are the busiest times for the distributions, she said.