Photo by Dave Warner – Chris Woodbeck with Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fired Pizza in front of his oven in Little Falls.
In celebration of National Pizza Day, local pizzeria Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fired Pizza will join pizzerias across the country to feed the hungry through the Pizza Across America campaign on February 9.
This event is the largest pizza delivery in America, with more than 500 pizzerias participating in all 50 states, and all pizzas will be delivered to shelters and soup kitchens. The campaign is coordinated by Slice Out Hunger, a nationwide nonprofit that fights food insecurity through pizza-themed campaigns and events. This year will be Mangia Macrina’s 4th time participating in Pizza Across America.
Mangia Macrina’s will donate 100+ Pizzas to The Rescue Mission of Utica on Thursday, February 9th, from 11 am-1 pm.
“In the past couple of months, we have seen our community rally behind our business as we suffer from arson at our building. This is our time to give back,” said Chris Woodbeck of Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fired Pizza, which has locations in New Hartford and Little Falls.
Pizza Across America co-founder Carmine Testa believes this program is an important way for pizzerias, who depend on local customers, to give back and support their communities. “In my eyes, the best way to celebrate National Pizza Day is by helping others and giving back to our local communities,” Testa said. “We are thrilled to have Mangia Macrina’s and their wonderful staff participating in our largest pizza delivery yet, and we couldn’t do it without their support!”
First developed by World Pizza Champions member Carmine Testa with his sons Michael and Nicky, known nationally as the Jersey Pizza Boys, and the nonprofit Slice Out Hunger, the campaign kicked off in 2018. This is the program’s sixth year.
To find out more about Pizza Across America, please visit www.sliceouthunger.org/paa. For more information about [Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fired Pizza, please visit www.mangiamacrinaswoodfiredpizza.com.