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London Pizza Chain Turns Excess Dough to Bread for Homeless

Franco Manca proposes to cut down food waste by feeding surplus food to the impoverished.


Serving sourdough pizza in London since 2008, Franco Manca announces that starting December 9 it will bake excess dough to make bread for soup kitchens, shelters, and food-based charities.

This charitable effort will reduce food waste among its 52 restaurants, and the pizza chain will carry this initiative into 2020.

“We are so proud to extend this support around our pizzerias with the launch of a new and exciting year-round initiative delivering freshly baked pizzas made from our sourdough to charities and soup kitchens. … Not only do we hope this will help those most in need for months to come, (but) it will also support our aim to limit our food waste across the business,” said Javed Akhtar, operations director.

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The pizza chain has expanded significantly since its first location in Brixton, South London, to across the U.K., and it has been giving back to its supportive customers since.

Akhtar added: “We always try back to our local communities. This year, we’re truly happy to announce that we are doubling our 2018 pledge by offering 40,000 pizzas to those who face a tough time over the festive period.”

A number of its employees also committed to working on Christmas Day to provide free meals for anyone unable to afford lunch and dinner.