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Nonprofits run out of food for school meal distributions

There was a traffic jam in Danbury yesterday around Rogers Park Middle School.  The school district is on Spring Break and the official meal distribution did not happen this week, though non-profits stepped up to provide free lunches for students in need.  But the Rogers Park distribution, organized by the Connecticut Food Bank, ran out of their 400 meals within 20 minutes.  Police drove through South Street, Mountainville Avenue and part of Main Street with loudspeakers announcing to the hundreds of cars that there was no more food, to turn around and go home.  The announcements were made in both English and Spanish. Emanuela Palmares, vice president of The New American Dream Foundation, says they also handed out 150 hot meals within 45 minutes of its distribution at Morris Street School. During their Tuesday distribution, 150 meals had been sufficient.

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