WASHINGTON, PA (KDKA) – The Washington County City Mission is adjacent to a popular meeting place for City Mission staff.
Chicco Baccello is a café, bakery and deli, known for its typical sandwiches, but also for its public relations.
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But like other companies, Chicco Baccello faced challenges during the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. With so many nonprofits and people in need, a generous donor named Dan Smith had an idea over the vacation.
“Why don’t we meet up with some restaurants and feed the homeless and I’ll pay for it,” said Brian Johansson, City Mission’s chief operating officer, recalling a conversation with Smith.
Chicco Baccello’s owner Lisa Aprea was delighted when City Mission reached out to her to join the program.
“It was just a blessing and a surprise for an idea,” Aprea told KDKA’s Kym Gable.
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The campaign became known as Heroes Fighting Hunger. Sixteen restaurants participated and provided food for the residents and homeless people served by City Mission. Other major donors also jumped on board.
Travis Costo lives in the City Mission.
“It’s just a community there,” said Costo. “The mission pretty much saved my life.”
Johansson added, “I think people really see the value. It’s a win-win situation. Restaurants have been blessed, the mission, the residents. I don’t understand why it can’t go on in the future. “
“We want to participate in such community things. And the fact that they thought of us and trusted us to provide it has blessed us, ”Aprea said.
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Participating restaurants are Chick-Fil-A, Hogfathers, Pub 333, How Lee, Union Grill, Pig and Fire, Plaza Azteca, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Harry’s Pizza, Angelos, Bartram House Bakery, Solomons, Market Fresh, and Mission Barbecue.