A pizza shop in Philadelphia lets customers pre-purchase a slice of pizza that will be given to a person who cannot afford to buy their own.
By Neal Stastny
It’s official. Pizza is now the universal currency of kindness.
Rosa’s Fresh Pizza shop in Philadelphia has created a pay-it-forward pizza program to help feed the homeless. Customers can elect to purchase an additional slice that is reserved for those who cannot afford it. At $1 per slice, it’s an incredibly easy way to give some delicious food to someone in need.
Owner Mason Wartman credits a customer for presenting him the idea after he had learned of a similar program at a coffee shop in Italy. Initially, Wartman kept track of the prepaid slices by putting Post-It notes on his wall that could each be redeemed for a slice. He has recently abandoned the Post-It note accounting system since customers have paid for over 8,400 slices in just over nine months.
Still, the walls are adorned with notes that contain messages of kindness. One note reads, “I just want to thank everyone that donated to Rosa’s; it gave me a place to eat everyday and the opportunity to get back on my feet. I start a new job tomorrow!” Such is the power of pizza.
This is such a simple and great way to help out the homeless. If your friends do you a favor by helping you move, it’s already standard to show your generosity by buying them some pizza. If pizza is already used as a payment in lieu of currency, why not extend this system to those less fortunate. Everyone loves pizza!
The pay-it-forward pizza program seems to be a success. Wartman says that 30 to 40 homeless people enjoy a free slice every day. In fact, he says that even other homeless people will purchase a slice for someone else. There’s something about pizza that makes everyone the best person they can be.
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