COVID-19 HOT MEAL PROGRAM
The New American Dream Foundation, Inc. (TNADF) is a 501(c)(3) organization created to promote our nation's rich immigrant history, highlighting the cultural, social, and economic contributions of all immigrants, and the core American values of equal opportunity, progress, and freedom in the areas of education, health, and civic engagement.
Considering the impact, the COVID-19 pandemic has had on families in the Danbury area, in April of 2020, The New American Dream Foundation (TNADF) postponed its annual scholarship gala. TNADF placed all its efforts on supporting the community's immediate needs as we fight the virus through the creation of its TNADF COVID-19 Hot Meal Program. The program has served children and families served nearly 8,000 meals over the spring/ summer of 2020 and an additional 9,000 to senior’s summer/ fall/ winter of 2020 meals purchased at cost from The Amber Room Colonnade, the official venue for its annual gala, a total of over 17,000 meals to date.
As the foundation shifted the focus of the meal's program to support older adults and special needs adults living in the Danbury area it began providing 500 meals during the summer, increasing to 650 monthly meal deliveries by the fall.
It raised over $60,000 through small online contributions from individuals and grants from local and global corporations and foundations such as the RobyDodd Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. Union Savings Bank, Savings Bank of Danbury, The United Way of Western CT, Tufts Health Plan Foundation, and of the CT Health Foundation.
In Danbury, 10.9 percent of older adults are food insecure, a University of Connecticut report has found. According to United Way, in parts of the city, food insecurity among older adults is as high as 30 percent, which believes these figures likely increased due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There are a variety of food pantries providing groceries in the area. Still, we have observed that the demand for ready-to-eat meals for the senior population is much higher than for groceries. Lack of motivation due to mental health issues, loneliness, or physical ability to prepare a meal from scratch are some of their challenges. Also, to qualify for Meals-on-Wheels during the pandemic is increasingly difficult due to high demand.
Our hot meal program has bridged that gap between homebound seniors served by Meals-on-Wheels and those who can prepare their meals and find relief in receiving groceries.
On December 31, 2020, State funding was cut for local Senior Center's Congregate Meals Programs "to focus on homebound seniors." During the pandemic, "Congregate Meals Programs" at our local senior centers were converted into grab-and-go or home delivery meals for safety reasons. Therefore, seniors who are not homebound but for various reasons are unable to prepare their meals and do not quality for meals-on-wheels would have access to healthy, fresh meals. Unfortunately, with the state cuts, 52 seniors in Danbury and Bethel were left without supports.
We are currently supporting the Danbury Senior Center and the Bethel Senior Center with emergency meals due to the above-mentioned State cuts.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact Connecticut, many older residents around the state are feeling scared, confused, and isolated. Our program provides hope, a warm meal, and safe human contact to the most vulnerable seniors in our community.
Our plan moving forward is to continue our monthly meal delivery program through the Summer of 2021, when we hope vaccination will be a reality for most.
Here are our next delivery dates:
April 10 from 11:15 - 12:00 PM
May 15 from 11:15 - 12:00 PM
We are all in this together. Collaboration is the only way we will get through this, and you have made a difference in our community, and for that, we thank you! But the fight continues, and so does the need for your support.
Please help if you can. To do so, please click below to volunteer or donate.
WHEN YOU GIVE:
-$5 helps us provide a meal for 1
-$20 helps us provide meals for 4
-$100 helps us provide meals for 20
-$250 helps us provide meals for 50
-$500 helps us provide meals for 100
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THE NEW AMERICAN DREAM FOUNDATION AT A GLANCE
The New American Dream Foundation, Inc. (TNADF) is a 501(c)(3) organization, created to serve as the philanthropic arm of Tribuna Newspaper, to promote our nation’s rich immigrant history, highlighting the cultural, social and economic contributions of all immigrants, and the core American values of equal opportunity, progress and freedom in the areas of education, health and civic engagement.
TNADF aims to provide financial support to organizations that share in those values and focus and provide financial support to inspiring members of the community through the American Dream Awards Gala & Scholarship.
WHAT WE DO
SUPPORT | CELEBRATE | INSPIRE
Providing Scholarships Through the American Dream Awards
Since 2016, The New American Dream Foundation, in the area of education with the generous support of its donors, has provided over $65,000 in scholarships to immigrant students, Immigrant parents, and immigrant veterans living in the Fairfield County area through the American Dream Awards Gala.
Supporting Mission Health
Day Event in Danbury
Mission Health Day is an event that provides the uninsured, underinsured with essential health screenings, services free of charge, no questions asked. Since 2016 TNADF reverts proceeds from ticket sales of its annual American Dream Awards Gala as a donation towards defraying some of the cost of Mission Health Day.
During the pandemic, TNADF shifted the focus of its health mission to quickly serve the immediate needs of our community, by recognizing the impact food insecurity has on the health of the most vulnerable among us.
Supporting Citizenship and English as a Second Language Programs
The New American Dream Foundation wants to help strengthen WERACE’s (Western Connecticut Regional Adult and Continuing Education) capacity to serve more members of our community, by providing financial support in partnership with other foundations, to offset the costs of their ESL instruction and Citizenship classes.
MEET THE TEAM
"The foundation is vehicle to create meaningful change for generations
of immigrants to come." - Celia Bacelar Palmares
CELIA BACELAR PALMARES
President / Founder
The New American Dream Foundation' s goal is to promote our nation’s rich immigrant history, highlighting the cultural, social, and economic contributions of immigrants of all generations. Each immigrant wave that has come to our state and our community has made contributions we all benefit from. Immigrants of past generations have paved the way for immigrants of today. Although the paths they have taken to reach our country may differ, they share a common goal - The American Dream. TNADF celebrates, supports, and inspires immigrants to achieve their dreams.
CONTACT THE NEW AMERICAN DREAM FOUNDATION