SPARTA, NJ- When Knoll View had to close their doors to visitors weeks ago because of COVID-19, this meant residents of Knoll Heights who rely on meals on from the assisted living facility would have to look elsewhere for food.

“Several of the traditional donors that assist Knoll Heights in providing meals to their independent living residents have had no choice but to postpone services during the pandemic,” Francesca McKernan of Knoll Communities said. "The office has put procedures in place to assure that the residents are getting the groceries and personal products that they need but with the high demand and limited supply, the residents are also benefiting from other sources as well.”

Joanie Shaw, member of the Senior Advisory Committee reached out to Councilwoman and former liaison to Sparta’s Senior Advisory Committee Molly Whilesmith to help fill the need.  Whilesmith and her daughter Kathleen have been delivering meals every Tuesday since the health crisis hit.

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Whilesmith reached out to local restaurants and each week they have been donating meals, on a rotating basis. Daughter Kathleen has been behind the wheel as they pick up and drop off the food to a dozen residents.

"I want to thank the local businesses who have donated meals over the last few weeks to help out," Sparta High School senior Kathleen Whilesmith said. "The seniors that receive these meals every Tuesday ar so thankful each time a meal is dropped off.   I can tell it makes their day and it makes mine just to be able to help out."  

The businesses that have donated food include:

Whilesmith said Sal’s and Anthony Francos have signed on to do the next couple of weeks but welcomes any other donations as “this looks like it will be with us for a while.” She can be reached via

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