Haverhill Department of Public Works employees were served meals during the past week courtesy of Papa Gino’s.
The donation by the Dedham-based Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches is part of the company’s “Pizza My Heart” program. It honors community heroes and provides free pizza as a sign of appreciation for the work they do in their communities.
“One thing 2020 has taught us is that there are heroes in many forms across all our New England communities, and we want to do our part to celebrate the people in our towns who are making a difference,” said Deena McKinley, CMO of Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches.
Over the course of 10 weeks this spring, the company donated 480 extra-large pizzas and 1,500 sandwiches to 80 healthcare facilities across New England through their respective community donation programs. Each benefitted healthcare heroes fighting the outbreak of COVID-19 in facilities such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, urgent care clinics and others
Building on the success of these programs, and inspired by the heroes already recognized, Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo decided to continue weekly deliveries—now expanding the potential recipients to any group or organization who stands out in their community. This could be first responders, grocery store employees, animal shelters, day care centers and others. The program is open to all heroes and runs 10 weeks.
Recipients of the Pizza My Heart program receive up to seven extra-large cheese pizzas, and recipients of the EveryDAy Heroes program receive up to 30 sandwiches and bags of chips.