Franco Manca has been creating Neapolitan inspired pizza since 2008 with dough freshly made on the premises daily, sometimes resulting in leftover dough which the company has decided to use for making sourdough bread for distribution to local soup kitchens, charities and shelters instead.
Launched on December 9 as part of Franco Manca’s campaign to reduce food waste across its UK restaurants and will continue throughout the year as part of their numerous waste-reducing initiatives which include advertising extra toppings to stop ingredient waste, encouraging customer to take home leftovers, asking diners not to leave their crusts and regularly donating to food banks.
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In addition to the sour bread loaves, Franco Manca’s now traditional pledge to donate free pizza to those in need during the month of December continues. They donated 20,000 pizzas last year and plans to double that figure to 40,000 this year.
To help achieve their goal, pizzeria staff have volunteered to work at selected stores on Christmas Day to provide a free collection service for anyone unable to enjoy a festive meal in comfort.
Javed Akhtar, Operations Director at Franco Manca, expressed his excitement for the plans, saying:
‘’At Franco Manca, 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.
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, it will also support our aim to limit our food waste across the business, something we think should be a focus for all like-minded, conscious restaurants across the UK.’’
The 40,000 free pizzas will be available for collection from all Franco Manca stores nationwide and pick-ups can be organized through the company’s donations page.
May others follow Franco Manca’s generous and mindful example.
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