DENVILLE, NJ -- On May 4 and 6, about 30 families in Denville Township received cooked dinners from U.S. Foods and the Mansion at Mountain Lakes. St. Peter’s Orphanage in Denville, the Mt. Lakes Police Department, and Victoria and Mews in Boonton also received meals.

“We are very happy to help out anyone however we can,” said Nancy Kohl, a Denville resident, manager of the Mansion and co-organizer with Mansion owner Jim Carrazza.

The head chefs at the Mansion cooked a variety of meals, including roasted chicken, vegetables and potatoes, beef stew, burritos, stir-fry, pasta and meatballs, ribs, chicken wings and brownies for dessert.

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All ingredients were donated by U.S. Foods, and all meals were then delivered by the Denville Public Schools Transportation Department with the help of 15-20 volunteers and the use of about eight buses.

"During the COVID-19 crisis, our transportation department has stepped up for the community and offered to deliver meals and school work for students and families in Denville," said Steven Forte, superintendent of Denville Public Schools. "Denville is truly an amazing community one in which everyone pulls together in a crisis."

“We feel great to be doing this,” said Kohl.

“This keeps our chefs busy during the lockdown, and they love to cook. Plus, it’s great to see the school buses pull in.”

With the buses now parked back at their schools, will the Mansion continue to prepare food for future deliveries?

“If the need arises, we will be in touch with U.S. Foods and conduct another food delivery,” said Kohl.

“We’re also working with the YMCA for another possible food delivery for whoever is in need.”

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