For Tony Mansolillo, food and friends have always been his passions. He enjoyed having people come to his home. He loved cooking and sharing meals with them. When Covid hit in early 2020 though, all that ended, and like many others, Tony spent more and more time online, but his passions never waned. Indeed, he found friends on the NextDoor app and began to exchange recipes. When one of his recipe buddies shared that she was disabled, Tony offered to cook a meal for her, and so began a new journey.
Tony’s friend shared his offer with a few friends, and soon Tony was preparing meals for six or seven people who would contact him through the NextDoor app. They were broke, out of work, and could see no prospects for future employment. And, they needed food. In his love for cooking and people, it seemed the natural choice to begin cooking his delicious homemade meals and delivering them himself.
Soon volunteers and supporters joined Tony, and his passion for food and friends continued to grow into a mission to serve as many people in need as possible each day no matter their circumstances. By mid-2020, Tony was delivering meals to over 150 people and Feed Thy Neighbor, Inc. was born.
This little organization that was founded in Tony’s kitchen became a true nonprofit as a community-owned 501(c)(3) non-profit. Today, Feed Thy Neighbor is cooking out of the commercial kitchen at St. Monica’s Episcopal Church in Naples and delivering meals to not only Collier County families, but also to Lee County families where the Bonita Springs Lions Club hosts a satellite kitchen. The organization has Federal IRS 501c3 status, a Florida State nonprofit certificate, and a Dun and BradStreet number. Feed Thy Neighbor is also being assigned a CAGE code by the Department of Defense and a SAMS.gov approval is in review. These designations will not only attest to the organization’s nonprofit status but will allow the organization to apply for federal grants.
Today Feed Thy Neighbor creates and delivers an average of 500 standard meals and 200 hundred hearty soup meals daily, and it will continue with the mission to feed all people in need without question.
Feed Thy Neighbor, Inc. was formed to alleviate hunger through the gathering and distribution of food and prepared meals. While we were originally born of the hunger fueled by the pandemic, today we address the hunger of the underserved and homeless communities. We not only provide hot meals, but we have expanded to assist with comfort items such as sundries, clothing, and even toys. We do not want anyone, especially children, to go to bed hungry regardless of their circumstances.
Our organization is truly a community-based organization of volunteers, individual donors, corporate donors, community groups, and private grants that helps feed hungry individuals and children in our area. We are committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for those in need. We go where no one else goes to feed the neediest.
Anthony “Tony” Mansolillo grew up in Rhode Island. At an early age he was introduced to cooking and a lifelong love affair began. Tony was ambitious and after proudly serving his country in the Vietnam War and becoming combat disabled, he was honorably discharged and decided to pursue various ventures as an entrepreneur. READ MORE
Bob Sanchez is FTN Secretary. He is a retired attorney with a background in engineering (Drexel University) and considers himself a Naples “local” since moving here over 10 years ago with his family. In the beginning of FTN (April 2020) Bob saw Tony’s plea for help to deliver meals and volunteered to drive. READ MORE
Dennis grew up in Northern NJ. Dennis is a graduate of Rutgers-Newark University and has been a CPA for 40 years. READ MORE