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Stanfield, Peters partner with Dunleavy’s to hold 5th ‘Senior Meal Drive’


MOUNT HOLLY - Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield and Assemblyman Ryan Peters will be holding a fifth round of free meals for seniors while partnering with Dunleavy’s Restaurant in Hainesport.

Dunleavy’s will be cooking up 200 dinners and partnering with the 8th Legislative District Office of Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield and Assemblyman Ryan Peters to perform outreach, sign seniors up and hand out meals.

This will be the third restaurant Stanfield and Peters have partnered with since March. The team has totaled 1,100 free meals for seniors in need with the help of local eateries and a private donor.

“I can’t say enough about the community member that has been willing to pay for most of these meals as well as the restaurants that are willing to drop everything and cook for hundreds of people in need,” Stanfield said. “I’m extremely proud that we’ve been able to facilitate so many of these meal drives throughout the pandemic.”

We here at Dunleavy's are excited to help give a good meal to the seniors in our community. Not only are we helping them, but they are helping us. We thank everyone who has partnered together to make this happen, especially during these unprecedented times. Lending a helping hand and putting a smile on a person's face, that is what it is all about,” said the Dunleavy’s management team of Amy Rodenbeck, Drew Sonntag and owner Kathy Dunleavy Chase.

The meal will be penne vodka pasta and a side salad and will be available for pickup between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. Stanfield and Peters will be on hand with masks and gloves to place the meals in seniors’ trunks or backseats. Those aged 60 and older are eligible for a free meal.

The Mount Holly Police Department will once again be helping facilitate the drop off so it is safe for all residents. Officers will be on hand to direct seniors to the pickup location and make sure meals are dropped off in trunks in a safe manner. They will also have a sign that tells seniors to “Stay In Your Cars.”

“We’ll keep doing all we can to help bring relief to this community, especially during the time of Covid, where it is especially important for senior citizens to socially distance and avoid crowds.. We’re happy to save them a trip out and bring a safe, free meal right to them,” Peters said.

Meals will be handed out in the Mount Holly Police Department complex parking lot on Park Drive. Residents should turn off of Rancocas Road onto Park Drive and follow signs to the lot. They will then be directed to exit on Washington Street.

Sign up will take place solely through email and phone. To sign up, please call the 8th Legislative District Office at 609-667-7360 or email Community Organizer Nikki Maskell at nmaskell@njleg.org.

Pickup will take place in 15-minute windows. Residents should stick to their time slot so pickup goes smoothly. Residents will be allowed one meal each unless they are picking up for someone else. Cars should pull up, roll down their window and state their name so they can be marked off the list. If you are picking up for someone else, state both names.

Pickup is the preferred method of distributing the meals. If you cannot pick up the meal, you can have a family member pick it up for you. If you absolutely cannot pick up your meal, there are spots reserved for curbside delivery. Please reserve the delivery method for those who need it.

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