Domino's Pizza, Inc. and its nationwide system of franchisees are banding together during this unprecedented crisis to do something we already do well every day – feeding people pizza. Domino's company-owned and franchised stores throughout the U.S. will donate roughly 10 million slices of pizza within their local communities, starting this week.
Domino's is partnering with its franchisees as part of this national effort, so that hospitals and medical centers, schoolkids and their families, health departments, grocery store workers, and others in need can enjoy a hot, delicious pizza. Domino's franchisees, corporate managers and their local store employees know their neighborhoods best and will begin feeding the need they see around them this week by providing pizza to the people and organizations that are meaningful to their communities. All 6,126 stores nationwide are expected to be a part of this effort.
"We have a long history of feeding people during times of crisis and uncertainty. When we were looking at how we could help, we knew we could use the reach of our national brand to make a difference in thousands of local neighborhoods," says Russell Weiner, Domino's chief operating officer and president of the Americas. "We have franchisees and company-owned stores all over the country already doing amazing work in their communities and we know that by amplifying those efforts together we will be able to help even more people who are struggling right now."
Domino's franchisees are already out helping their local communities.
"We empowered our managers to look for opportunities in their local neighborhoods to donate pizzas to those in need," adds Domino's franchisee Pat Farmer, who owns stores in the Seattle-Tacoma area. "It could be for families, frontline workers or even those showing up to work at our grocery stores. Stores are now actively looking for who they can help next. They have pride in how they're making a difference during difficult times."
"We take our responsibility seriously and we are honored that we can provide meals to those in need, as well as those who are working to save lives during this difficult time," says Memphis-area Domino's franchisee Jason Shifflett.
Shifflett has committed to donating an additional 1,000 pizzas to those in need in his community. San Diego franchisee Shane Casey is matching the 1,000-pizza commitment in his Southern California neighborhoods.