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Pizza Chain Plans a Miracle on 31st Street

Thousands of pizzas will hit dozens of homeless centers in the effort, carried out in partnership with a Chicago support service organization.

Home Run Inn (HRI) has been a pizza haven for the Windy City since its first tavern opened on the South Side of Chicago in 1947. And giving back to the local community remains a core principle for the company, now with nine Chicagoland locations.

In its most recent effort, designed to boost holiday spirits, HRI is teaming up with the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) to distribute 3,000 pizzas to 24 Chicago homeless shelters on December 12 at the Original Home Run Inn location on 31st Street. Vehicles from each shelter will drive through the HRI parking lot, where a HRI truck will house all of the pizzas for pick-up.

Over the two-hour event, Chicago’s Black Santa, Dreezy Claus, and The Caroling Connection, a group of costumed Christmas carolers, will also be on the scene, making spirits extra bright.

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“During this holiday season, DFSS is excited to once again partner with Home Run Inn as we distribute pizzas to our homeless shelters,” said Brandie V. Knazze, commissioner with the Department of Family and Support Services. “These donations at this time will assist our shelters in spreading holiday cheer to the residents they serve.”

Execs at Home Run Inn, the official pizza of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field and still family-owned and operated, are equally excited about the collaboration. “For over 75 years, Home Run Inn has cherished our deep roots in the iconic city of Chicago,” said Gina Perrino Bolger, senior vice president of Home Run Inn and a fourth-generation family member in the business. “Being part of the city’s mission to provide food to our community in need is a great honor and a valued cornerstone for our family.”