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Naples restaurant serves heartwarming meals to first responders working COVID-19 crisis

Local cafe feeds workers on front lines of COVID-19
Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar offers free meals during COVID-19 crisis.
Posted at 7:56 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 08:49:54-04

NAPLES, Fla. — A family restaurant in Naples is serving up heartwarming meals at no cost to local first responders and healthcare workers.

Noodles Italian Café and Sushi Bar says it started as a small act of kindness and now has it's own special fund for community donations.

Co-owner Seth Berman says for the last couple weeks, it's helped supply more than $3,500 worth of meals to local hospitals and hospice, as well as law enforcement.

"He got out of his car and said thanks so much for feeding my staff. That was wonderful and we really appreciate it. It was a beautiful moment. It's nice to have that connection with people. We've been in this business for 30 years and we care about the community. It's not just about making a dollar," said Berman.

With an ID or badge, each person can order up to $20 off their menu.

First responders can call their order in and pick up the free meal after their shift.

Noodles Italian Café says they're grateful for the major donations of several local businesses to even the smaller ones from members in the community.

They plan on feeding as long as they can afford to, while their business remains open for business.

“Right now, we have about $700 left in the fund. When that runs out Noodles will continue to feed. It’s just a really difficult time right now. Business is down from being in the restaurant eating to now just curbside takeout. We’re down about 85%," stated Berman.

The Café says no donation is too small to help.

To learn more on how to donate or receive a free meal, call the restaurant at 239-592-0050 or visit their website by clicking here.