The New American Dream Foundation COVID-19 Hot Meal Program will be delivering a special holiday meal to Danbury seniors and families this Thanksgiving Saturday. Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, the program has served children, families, and seniors in Danbury with over 30,000 meals purchased at cost from The Amber Room.
A UConn report found that 10.9 percent of older adults in Danbury are food insecure. According to the United Way, in parts of the city, food insecurity among older adults is as high as 30 percent, likely increasing due to the pandemic.
On Saturday, between 11:30 am and noon, 650 meals will be delivered to seniors residing at, Palace View, Kimberly Place, Danbury Towers, Augustana Homes, Putnam Towers, Glen Apartments, Crosby Manor, and Danbury Commons. As part of the special Holiday Meal delivery, members of the National Charity League Nutmeg chapter have also prepared handmade greeting cards to be delivered with each meal. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating can find more details at thenewamericandreamfoundation.org.
Foundation Vice-President Emanuela Palmares says they not only provide a warm meal, but safe human contact to the most vulnerable seniors in the community. She says their excitement to say hello to our volunteers is what drives them to continue the monthly meal delivery program.