500 Tacos Delivered to East Haven Mayor—Then Donated to New Haven Soup Kitchen

Jan 26, 2012
6:41 PM

Looks like the Facebook campaign to deliver tacos to East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo worked out, as 500 tacos arrived today at Maturo's office today. According to local Connecticut outlets, the tacos arrived around 1:30 PM EST but Maturo was not there. Instead his office issued the following statement:

"The Town of East Haven has received an abundance of tacos as a result of the campaign initiated by the group 'Reform Immigration for America.'  Recognizing that there are many in need in our State, we have arranged for all of the tacos to be donated to local soup kitchens and pantries including the 'Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen' in New Haven.

The abundance of tacos that we received today underscores the importance of the issues currently facing the Town of East Haven and highlights the need for the Town to continue the process of healing and reform that I initiated immediately upon taking office through the efforts of the Town's newly constituted 'LEARN' Committee.

The events of the past few days have focused our Town, and my administration, on the need to deal sensitively and compassionately with the challenges currently facing our Town.  We will continue to address those challenges while also striving to provide the services our residents have come to expect."

The group, Reform Immigration for America, had organized the delivery through a texting campaign. Its Twitter account had tweeted the following today, saying that "[this] is about more than tacos: it's about addressing the racial injustice plaguing East Haven for years.