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Every now and then we’re reminded of the enormous power of food; how the simple gesture of cooking for or sharing food with someone, of breaking bread, can make a huge difference in people’s lives.
Reports have emerged concerning the commendable actions of Rome police on encountering a lonely elderly couple. According to The Independent, on investigating sounds of distress coming from the home of 94-year-old Michele and his 84-year-old wife Jole, police found the former consoling his deeply upset wife, who was distraught at the state of the world.
The four policemen – Andrea, Alessandro, Ernesto and Mirko – decided to take action, and were soon preparing a simple dish of butter, cheese and pasta (cacio e pepe?) for the couple, who rarely receive visitors.
A translated police statement released on Facebook reads: “Sometimes the loneliness melts into tears. Sometimes it's like a summer storm. It comes suddenly and overtakes one. Jole and Michele they love each other. But when the loneliness is a burden on the heart, it may happen that they lose hope ... so loud in their despair that, in the end, somebody call the state police.”
The Power of Food
The statement (below) has since been shared nearly 25,000 times. The power of food.