Keri Peloso saw the stress the coronavirus was having on her friends who are nurses and her husband, who is also on the front lines.

She saw the local restaurants she has worked with as a marketer for Berkshire Broadcasting struggle financially when they were forced to close due to the outbreak.

“Just on a whim, I said, ‘How can I help restaurants, but also say ‘thank you,”’ said Peloso, who lives in Bridgewater, but grew up in Danbury.

So, she created a fundraiser on GoFundMe to purchase food from local restaurants to give to those on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.

About $5,500 has been raised since March 18, feeding well over 1,000 people, with plans to deliver more meals, including Easter dinners, as the pandemic progresses.

“I’m really trying to keep the fundraiser going so I can expand it,” Peloso said. “Unfortunately, we’re just at this apex.”

Other communities have started similar fundraisers. One organized by Bethel restaurants collects money for the restaurants to make meals for families in need.

“People want to help,” Peloso said. “Ten dollars goes a long way, and that’s all you need to do. You’ve done something, and then I’ll coordinate everything else.”

Meals have been delivered to Danbury police and fire departments, Danbury and New Milford hospitals, a day care specifically taking in children of first responders and front line workers, and others.

She keeps the different places on a rotating list and has started working with a meal train at Danbury Hospital.

On average, delivering meals to one group costs $100 to $300, depending on the size. She expects the Easter meals could cost a little more.

She has mainly ordered from local restaurants, rather than chains, to help them stay in business.

“We’re helping our local businesses, who are struggling and scared of where this is going to lead,” Peloso said.

On Wednesday, she delivered cupcakes to New Milford Hospital, to the joy of the workers there.

“The thanks I got was just outstanding,” Peloso said. “It made their day.”

She is coordinating giving meals to the roughly 200 employees at the UPS in Brookfield. The staff member Peloso spoke with said these employees have often been forgotten during the crisis.

“He was so appreciative that I even thought of them because they are very overworked and they are at risk,” Peloso said.