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Around Fairfield County: Here's Where To Donate Food Now, 48 More Places To Dine

Sen. Bob Duff, shown left, attends a Black Lives Matter protest in Darien. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bob Duff
A Black Lives Matter march on Sunday, June 7 drew almost 1,000 people to Darien. Photo Credit: Donna Christopher
Filling in the Blanks is having a live food collection drive in Norwalk Thursday, June 11 until 6 p.m. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Filling in the Blanks

Have extra macaroni and cheese and granola bars in your cupboard? There's a food drive for meals for kids going on today in Fairfield County.

Filling in the Blanks, which is based in New Canaan, provides weekend meals to school children in many area towns and needs the items.

Tuna, spaghetti, canned soup, boxed dry chicken noodle soup, apple sauce, fruit cups, instant oatmeal, canned corn and beans and rice are all being collected. All you have to do is drive over to the FITB warehouse where volunteers wearing masks and gloves will collect the groceries from your car up to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, June 11.

“Since the onset of COVID-19, we have distributed over 100,000 meals to children in Norwalk, Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan and Bedford Hills, N.Y. The food drive will supplement the items we are no longer able to purchase in bulk because of the high demand for food due to the pandemic," said Tina Kramer, co-founder/co-president of Filling in the Blanks with Shawnee Knight.

48 Restaurants To Try In Bridgeport

Outdoor dining in the waterside city is ready for patrons: 48 restaurateurs and local business owners have now been issued permits to reopen. The permits were established in accordance with state and city executive orders, the mayor said.

"The office of Zoning in conjunction with the Health Department and Fire Marshal have accomplished a herculean effort of reviewing and facilitating permits for 48 Bridgeport restaurants to provide outdoor dining and open safely to the public," Ganim said.

“We want businesses to safely reopen and they are finding ways to make it work. It’s a step in the right direction, we have sound advice and protocols in place to safely and slowly begin to re energize our local economy."

Peaceful March Highlights Injustices, Racism

Nearly 1,000 people of all ages, including many young people from Darien and other communities, attended a march for Black Lives Matter this past Sunday. 

Sen. Bob Duff or Norwalk attended the march among officials. He described a "very positive" event that had participants walk peacefully southbound from Trader Joe's on the Post Road to the Danbury Police station where organizers and others spoke. Duff said the march was organized so quickly that the organizers expected only a small crowd. He heard about it Sunday morning from a local newspaper.

The protest is one of many that have taken place in Connecticut in the past two weeks since the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died in custody after a Minneapolis police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes until he stopped breathing.

"Police did a good job and marched with the protesters. It was good that so many people came out on a Sunday. We have work to do," Duff said. First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and State Rep. Matt Blumenthal also attended the march.

One of the people Duff met at the march said she grew up in Darien, a "homogeneous community" and now lives in Brooklyn. "She talked about how we all have things to learn and now that she lives in a diverse area, she sees things differently," Duff recounted

"Our community came together peacefully to highlight the systemic injustices and racism faced by African Americans in this country. I’m so proud of Darien High School graduates Steven Gomez and Barak Mustafa and their friends for organizing this event and for standing up for what is right," Duff said.

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