A Thousand Pizzas of Light: Your Pie Franchise Donated 1,000 Free Pizzas to Families in Need

Owners Lisa and Morgan Maclellan responded to a challenge from Your Pie founder Drew French to give back to the Dunwoody, Georgia, community.




Your Pie co-owner Lisa Maclellan (right) and a Your Pie employee make pizzas for hungry kids in the Dunwoody community.

 

A Your Pie franchise in Dunwoody, Georgia, has donated 1,000 pizzas to families in need over the past year, earning a company award for community engagement.

Morgan and Lisa Maclellan, owners of Your Pie Perimeter, eagerly responded to a challenge from Your Pie founder Drew French, issued in August 2016, by donating pies to local nonprofits like the Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Bright Future Academy, among others, according to the Dunwoody Reporter.

“The challenge really resonated with us,” Your Pie Perimeter co-owner Lisa Maclellan said. “While it did start at the brand level, it was a really local initiative. It was such a strong expression of our culture that we’ve tried to create here, and [giving back to] the community isn’t just a checkmark on our values system—it’s really something that we believe.”

Your Pie Perimeter started the challenge by reaching out to its customers via Facebook and asking for feedback. In addition to the aforementioned charities, the pizzeria gave freshly made pies once a week to families staying at Family Promise, which works to end homelessness, and provided free lunches to summer programs at La Amistad, which works to achieve educational excellence for young Latinos.

“The owners of Your Pie Perimeter have made hundreds of children happy with their donations of pies,” Karen Shanahan, the director of community service at the Marist School in Brookhaven, Georgia, told the Dunwoody Reporter. “Some of the recipients were children in homes of domestic violence, children whose parents struggle daily to keep food on the table, and poor children who were excited just to enjoy a pizza of their own.”

 

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