Last month’s International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas brought thousands of pizza industry professionals together from all around the world for four days of workshops, seminars, networking, and competitions. One of the country’s leading tomato packers, Escalon (owned by Heinz), devised a brilliant way to engage prospective customers by offering to donate a can of tomato product to hunger relief for every badge they scanned at the event.
The company recently reported that they will be shipping over 1,000 cans to Cambodia this summer through the Stop Hunger Now campaign, which delivers food, essentials, and disaster relief to 65 countries around the world. Need is great in Cambodia, where one in three people live below the poverty line.
Escalon will be shipping their 6-in-1 product, a ground tomato used by many pizzerias around the US.
Last week, Manhattan's Cooper Union raised $1,300 for City Harvest with a Slice Out Hunger $1 Slice Pizza Party! The event was sponsored by Res Life on campus and organized by students Emily Adamo, Christopher Panebianco, and Charis Jackson-Barrios. They recruited five local pizzerias to donate 65 pizzas and several local businesses offered giveaways and raffle prizes. The event was a HUGE success and we look forward to helping more campus groups throw pizza parties of their own.
The concept of “paying it forward” has achieved loads of recognition in recent years and the global pizza community has responded in full force. One of the best examples is the Philadelphia pizzeria Rosa’s, which allows customers to purchase $1 slices for people who need a warm meal. It’s an awesome model that actually started in the world of coffee. Some say the tradition of buying “caffe sospeso,” or suspended coffee, goes back 100 years. When someone experiences good fortune they buy two coffees but only take one, leaving a credit for someone who can’t afford to buy their own. Similar concepts have been used in nearly a dozen different countries, but it all started in Naples, Italy.
Pizzerias in Naples have embraced the caffe sospeso concept, allowing customers to purchase pizzas for those in need. Slice Out Hunger founder Scott Wiener recently visited da Concettina ai Tre Santi, which has been offering pizza sospeso for over three years. Every few months, they bake a batch of pies and distribute them at local soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
In the photo above, 449 represents the number of pizzas paid for by Concettina’s customers. Scott purchased two pizzas on behalf of Slice Out Hunger, whose mission is exactly the same as that of the famous Neapolitan pizzeria. Ask your local pizzeria if they’d be willing to do the same!
Bambolina in Salem, MA is featuring a specialty pizza this month in support of Slice Out Hunger. The wood-fired Neapolitan pizza is topped with house-made fennel sausage, burrata, oil-cured olives and red onion. For every specialty pizza sold, $2 will go to the Salvation Army of Salem. We're so excited to support this great organization and pizzeria!
288 Derby St
Salem, MA 01970
The final tally is in from this year’s Slice Out Hunger $1 Slice Night! Looks likewe raised $40,000 for Food Bank For New York City. This amount will help Food Bank sponsor a whopping 200,000 meals for New Yorkers in need. Special thanks to all our sponsors, pizzerias, volunteers, and attendees.
Missed this year but want to help? Donate here and help us use the power of pizza to feed those who can’t afford to properly feed themselves. And set your calendars for October 5, 2016 for our next big $1 slice night in NYC!!!
It's here! This is the official floor plan for Slice Out Hunger 2015, NYC's biggest pizza party. Use this to plot your slices -- there's a 10 slice limit and you only get one slice per pizzeria.
Slice Out Hunger recently hosted a pizza tour of Portland for an amazing group of kids who run an incredible zine called Fried Eagle. (Half the kids wanted to call it The Eagle, the other half wanted to call it Fried Chicken. Adorable compromise!) We visited three pizzerias, sampling slices and performing a deep analysis at each. 100% of the tour’s proceeds went to the Oregon Food Bank, which can feed a family of 4 for 3-5 days. Our $563 donation will go a long way, feeding a family of 4 for over 225 days.