Ellen DeGeneres surprises a Philadelphia pizza shop owner with a $10,000 check from Shutterfly on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The recipient is Mason Wartman, owner of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in downtown Philadelphia. He created a food-sharing program to feed the homeless at his restaurant.
Mason Wartman left Wall Street to open Rosa’s, which offers $1 slices of pizza. One day, a customer asked to buy forward a slice of pizza for the next homeless person who came in. Wartman gave the customer a post-it note to personalize and then placed it on the wall. A homeless person can exchange the post-it note for a slice of pizza.
That one costumer interaction ignited a program that is helping to feed Philadelphia’s homeless. Rosa’s walls are filled with multi-colored post-it notes of encouragement and support. Over the last nine months, Rosa’s has given away 8,500 slices of pizza and feeds 30 to 40 homeless people each day.
Rosa’s community engagement has drawn the attention of its local area, well as national exposure. Wartman expressed to Ellen that he hopes that his story will help motivate other restaurants to adopt food-sharing programs in their communities to help end hunger.
Watch Mason Wartman’s interview on the Ellen DeGeneres Show at EllenTube.
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