September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign led by Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger in America and inspire action. According to Feeding America, 34 million people face hunger in the U.S. — including more than 9 million children. Last year, Papa Johns and the Papa Johns Foundation announced a goal to donate 10 million meals to those in need over the next five years, and we’re proud to share that since then together we have donated 4.5 million meals! These donations were made possible by the work of our team members to:
- Expand the Papa Johns Harvest Program to 425 stores total and our Atlanta global corporate hub’s test kitchen
- Donate $150,000 to Food Recovery Network, a national nonprofit that unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campus dining halls and donating it to those in need
- Award grants to organizations focused on improving food security through the Papa Johns Foundation’s Building Community Fund, which last year awarded nearly $1.6 million to 180 organizations across the U.S.
During this year’s Hunger Action Month, we are working to get Papa Johns 100,000 meals closer to our goal. Throughout September, Papa Johns team members will be donating resources to community non-profits fighting hunger and volunteering their time at organizations like food banks. Our operations team is also hard at work to bring even more new restaurants into our Harvest Program. We hope you will join us this month in helping to not only spread awareness of the breadth of food insecurity in our country, but also learn how you can take action to fight hunger in your own backyard by visiting FeedingAmerica.org.