Late last year the assumption food pantry and soup kitchen was in danger of closing its doors and abandoning nearly 900 families who depend on its service. After hearing news of its possible closing, local car dealer Billy Fuccillo stepped in to lend a helping hand.
Today the pantry is receiving more "huge" news. Fuccillo is stepping in again, matching dollar for dollar the money raised at a pasta dinner fundraiser, going on right now at the food pantry. The pantry is doing much better now than it was last winter, but they're always looking for more help to make sure those in need are fed.
Seeing this second contribution from Fuccillo is making those at assumption food pantry look at him as one of their own.
Maryellen Annesi is on the Board of Director's with the food pantry. Coming from this position, she knows how important her role is in the community. "It's very heart warming, it's incredible really that he has such compassion for the people of Syracuse that need to be fed and it's definitely a need on the north side of Syracuse. This is where they come and their needs are met," says Annesi.
The Assumption Food Pantry is looking bring in roughly $2,500 through Saturday's dinner. With that, they could see up to $5,000 coming into the pantry to help those who need it the most.