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Local Group Supports Our Small Businesses and Those Fighting COVID-19 Firsthand

PARSIPPANY — Leaders in Parsippany-Troy Hills and Morristown have teamed up with small businesses to raise money to ‘Feed the Front Line,’ that is, deliver meals from local restaurants to Morris County’s first responders in the COVID-19 crisis.

“In true emergency situations, our first responders and essential personnel work tirelessly to keep us all safe and allow us to enjoy our daily lives! During these times, they need as much support as possible,” said Chris Mazzarella, an employee in the supermarket industry. Backed by Ted Stanziale, Nick Kraus and company Kraus Marketing, Rob Zwigard, and Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo, the following has been accomplished thus far:

-Parsippany Supporting Our Town has over 4,000 Facebook members
-Spearheaded by Rich Leitner and Sam Yodice we started a food drive for Parsippany Food Pantry at PAL three weeks of filling a minivan every Thursday with donations
-Helping local businesses advertise specials and services to stay in business
-Members making masks for Front lines workers as well as other PPE to help get them through
-Members started collecting donations for Animal shelter this week
-400-yard signs sold making about $2600 profit to purchase PPE for front lines and food for the food pantry
Their GoFundMe account:

  • $47,700 raised in donations
  • 97 Deliveries
  • 2600 meals delivered
  • $36,000 Spent on meals at local businesses to help keep them going
  • $2000 spent on PPE delivered directly to — Police Departments and State Organizations
  • Serving Medical workers, Police, Fire, Homeless, Ambulance Workers, Orphans, Domestic Violence Victims. Whoever needs them.
Meals cooked by Gourmet Cafe

“What’s better yet, is how grateful the frontliners are to receive meals, and how thankful the restaurants are to receive orders,” said Nick Kraus, Founder, and CEO of Kraus Marketing. “We are paying full price to restaurants; no discounts have been requested and we are paying 20% gratuity.”

Locally owned restaurants BurgerIM, Parsippany Deli, Jeremiahs Catering and Cooking Studio, and Committed Pig are among the many that have partnered with Feed the Front Line.

Rockaway Neck Volunteer Ambulance Squad Volunteers Michael Angelo Jones and Lauryn Nolan, with BurgerIM owner Touria Ettamri

“This is a great way to support a community-led effort for our first responders, and while helping so many small businesses that right now are in need of a financial boost,” said Senator Anthony Bucco, who has contributed to the cause.

If you are a local business interested in participating, an individual that would like to volunteer or know of a group that would appreciate a meal, click here.

Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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