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One veteran prepares home-cooked meals, feeding hundreds of families in Naples

Posted at 10:22 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 10:20:30-04

NAPLES, Fla. — Charles Rogers and others in Naples made their way to the Hope of Families Center to get a home-cooked meal.

“Resting at night and having some food in your stomach, it means everything, it means everything,” said Charles Rogers.

“Not all of us are here because we want to be, you know sometimes it’s hard to crawl out of the hole, but to have somebody in the community that goes and cares enough to do that, that means a lot,” said Rogers.

Right now times are tough, but Anthony Mansolillo says, he puts on his apron, cooking hundred of meals, and gets to work with the help of friends and the community, for the community.

“I have the best people in the world around me, they give from the hearts, their time, and the efforts,” said Mansolillo.

Anthony is a retired Air Force Veteran who now works in real estate and says, he simply enjoys making sure people go to sleep at night with a full stomach.

“I really don’t even know how to express it, because it’s not what I would do normally, but this is a special time in our history and we’re in one of the richest towns in America and people are starving,” said Mansolillo.

Mark Huges says this is just one meal, but it motivates him to get up and keep trying each day.

“You don’t know what to do, you have to just stand up with it and fight with it. You can’t let go, you gotta keep going, and keep moving on, and places like this right here is what helps make a difference,” said Mark Hughes.

Anthony says he’s nowhere near finished, and he’s here to help his community out as much as he can.

"You know we have people who say it takes a village, we’re the village don’t look at the next guy, it’s you what are you going to do, that’s how I see it,” said Mansolillo.