When Toppers Pizza was founded nearly 30 years ago, it was built on a foundation of two basic values: A strong love of pizza and a strong love of people. In 2011, the rapidly growing better pizza franchise took those principles to heart, announcing a partnership with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. Now, the brand is taking it a step further and unveiling a system-wide, one-day Hunger-Relief Event with an impact that’s twofold—you can enjoy your pizza, and help people in need.
On February 27, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., all Toppers locations will sell medium, one-topping pizzas for carry-out only for $4.99. And for each medium, one-topping pizza sold, the chain will donate $2 to Feeding America.
“Over 42 million people in the United States face hunger, including 13 million children. Through this partnership, the Feeding America network of food banks can provide more food and groceries to people struggling in the United States. With more than 70 locations spanning 12 states, we have the potential to feed hundreds of families in need,” said Toppers Founder and CEO Scott Gittrich. “This is the first time we’re doing a one-day event like this that’s hyper-focused on the individual efforts of our local stores, and we believe this is a simple way to make a great impact on the lives of families throughout the country.”
Over the past five years, Toppers has collectively raised a total of $250,000 for Feeding America—the equivalent of more than 2 million meals*. Hunger in America is a problem that affects every community in the U.S. And one that Gittrich personally contributes to alongside the Toppers partnership. Currently, one in eight people face food insecurity each year, meaning 42 million Americans may not know where they’ll find their next meal. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America provides food to more than 46 million people each year, with the help of their vast network and the philanthropic efforts of partners like Toppers.
Toppers franchisees have made the Feeding America network a focal point at their individual locations, from developing Topperstix eating contests and creating special menu promotions to volunteering their own personal time. As Toppers Pizza continues to expand nationwide, Gittrich believes that the company’s relationship with Feeding America will continue to grow, allowing the brand to aid an even greater number of families affected by hunger in the years to come.
“Through our partnership with Feeding America, we’ve been able to connect with the community and make a true difference for a cause that we feel passionately about,” Gittrich said. “Toppers has always upheld a core value of giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and it’s been an honor to work as a team to help others.”