Manager of pizza shop helps community members during coronavirus pandemic

One pizza place in the Bronx is going above and beyond for the community.

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2020, 11:42 AM

Updated 1,461 days ago

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One pizza place in the Bronx is going above and beyond for the community.
Jody DePasquele, the manager at Addeo’s Pizza in Riverdale, is described by those that know him as a good guy.
"Jody's a stand-up guy," says Laurence Addeo, owner of Addeo's Pizza.
When DePasquele decided to lend a hand to the community to help out during the coronavirus pandemic, Addeo says he wasn't surprised.
"I was just so proud of him, they literally took it into their own hands,” says Addeo.
DePasquele knows the people in the Riverdale area pretty well, and says when the coronavirus pandemic hit he decided to go the extra mile.
“Let them know if there is anything we can do; go to the store, go to the pharmacy, our local businesses around the area. They were hurting too, so I figured it would help them. It would help the customers, it would help out everybody,” says DePasquele.
On top of working, he would run errands for the neighbors that weren't able to leave their homes. He also set up a fund for his co-workers in case they got sick.
"There's no better time to help people than when people really need it,” says DePasquele.
DePasquele says helping people runs in the family.
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"My grandma used to say miracles happen every day, you just have to look for them and then sometimes you also have to be a part of that miracle,” he says.
Addeo's Pizza may have changed the way they are doing business during the pandemic, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that their door is open to the community.


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