DENVILLE, NJ -- Denville Social Services is open during the COVID-19 crisis. Due to the nature of the emergency, however, how it can render assistance has changed. Because Township Hall remains closed to the public, food pantry clients can no longer enter the building, and Denville Social Services cannot accept food donations from the public.

Food pantry clients should call 973-625-8300 ext. 269 to talk with Social Services Coordinator Stephen Dublanica, and he will meet them in the parking lot to provide whatever assistance has been arranged. Any Denville resident who is experiencing food insecurity or hunger at any time, not just during the coronavirus crisis, should contact Denville Social Services.

Since Denville Social Services cannot accept food donations, it is asking for monetary donations and gift cards to Acme and ShopRite to continue assisting clients. Gift cards can be dropped in the locked box in front of Township Hall. Checks can be made payable to “Denville Social Services” and mailed to 1 Mary’s Place, Denville, NJ 07834.

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For anyone who would like to donate food, there are food pantries in the area that need help. To date, Social Services has directed donors to the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains and the pantry operated by Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover, but there are other groups that need help as well, according to Dublanica. Contact Social Services for information.

Dublanica will be monitoring his email (socialservices@denville.org) and phone (973-625-8300 ext. 269) seven days a week. Information regarding operating hours or changes in procedure is recorded on the department’s voicemail announcement and posted at https://www.facebook.com/friendsdss/.

 

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