Giving Back

Denville Food Pantry Helps Residents In Need


DENVILLE, NJ-- For well over 20 years, Denville’s Social Services Department has been running a food pantry for local families in need. Not only are they working to make sure no one in town goes hungry, employees and volunteers are also hoping to address any misconceptions that people might have about the food pantry.

The food pantry serves approximately 60 to 70 families, as well as 20 senior citizens, on a regular basis. To become a member of the food pantry, Denville residents must show proof that they are in financial need. One of the biggest misconceptions, according to social services coordinator Deirdre Rock, is that the people using the food pantry aren’t working and are just lazy.

“I think people expect that these are handouts or that the people using the food pantry aren’t working but most people are working two or more jobs but are still in need on a daily basis,” Rock said. “Kids from these families go to school with everyone else’s kids and people might not even know that they struggle to send the kids to school with lunch and a snack.”

Sign Up for E-News

The food pantry is consistently stocked with canned foods but struggles to get other donations that food stamps don’t cover. Personal hygiene products such as toothpaste and shampoo are constantly needed due to the lack of food stamp coverage.

Around the winter holidays the food pantry sees a surge in donations because the idea of helping others is on the minds of many in town. Summertime presents issues for the food pantry when so many other things are going on that people might forget to help their neighbors in need.

“Summer is tough with people going away on vacation or going to graduation parties. It’s also too hot to stand outside a supermarket to collect items so it can get pretty scarce during this time,” Rock said.

While Rock and others that volunteer at the food pantry donate plenty of time to help the community, the food pantry wouldn’t be able to exist without the generosity of local residents.

“I cannot convey enough that the food is totally from the generosity of people in town and I don’t get any additional funding,” Rock said. “I think it’s amazing that people anonymously donate food without expecting to get any reward for their good deed.”

Rock also shared the story of a man that donates to the food pantry every month and yet Rock still doesn’t even know the man’s name because he refuses to seek admiration for his donations.

The food pantry, located in the town hall building, is currently asking for donations to restock the pantry so that no Denville residents go hungry during the summer months.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 13 - 15

July 13, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jump for's the weekend! Don't let Friday the 13th scare you away, there are lots of fun things to do in and around town this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!


Friday July 13

Spirit Animals Glassblowing Class; Morris County School of Glass; 9am - 11am

Mini Summer Camp: Woodsy Walkers; Great Swamp (Chatham); 10am - 11:30am

Tyke ...

Pharma Company Being Sued by Newark Gets $40M In State Tax Credits

July 10, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A pharmaceutical company being sued by Newark for its alleged role in the overprescription of opioids just received a major tax break from the state of New Jersey.

The city in 2017 sued several opioid manufacturers, including Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, for alleged “deceptive” marketing strategies that led to the overprescription of opioids. In late ...

Jersey Central Power & Light Names New Vice President of Operations

July 17, 2018

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) subsidiary, recently named Alex Patton vice president of Operations.  Previously, Patton was director, Operations Services, for Mon Power, a FirstEnergy subsidiary that provides electric service to about 385,000 customers in West Virginia.

In his new position, Patton is responsible for the operation and ...

Upcoming Events


Wed, July 18, 1:00 PM

St. Francis Health Resort, Denville

Denville Emergency Blood Drive - $15 off Jiffy ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Wed, July 18, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sing Four to Feature Brahms

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, July 24, 7:00 PM

Kinnelon Public Library, Kinnelon

Northern NJ Libertarian Party Monthly Meeting


To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)


If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

The Anatomy of Escape by Mike Blue

The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure by Mike Blue (Available on Amazon)


Imagine that you could just say, “Chuck it,” and walk away from the bonds that keep you tied to what Mike Blue, author of The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure, defines as the restrictive Work-Consume-Die cycle. To most of us, becoming what Blue terms “a ...

Crowdfunding Options for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

Source: Many small start-up businesses and tech ventures in search of capital turn to popular online platforms for crowd fundraising of financial resources to get their concept off the ground and launched into market. Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and GoFundMe, to name a few, offer solutions in generating cash to fund new ideas. How do you get people to contribute to your cause?  Sam Burlum ...