Rosa’s Fresh Pizza In Philadelphia Needs More Help
Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia needs more help. Why? The owner, Mason Wartman is trying to feed the homeless one pizza slice at a time. He needs help because his business is growing and he needs to hire more employees! Through his program, customers buying pizza can pay an extra dollar and buy a slice of pizza for someone in need, they can then come in and enjoy their paid-ahead slice of pizza.
His idea stems from the tradition in Philadelphia of customers prepaying for a cup of coffee for someone in need. With roughly 15,000 homeless people in Pennsylvania, this initiative is feeding 100 people a day. Wartman believes that “with just a little bit of kindness you can help turn someone’s life around.” Wartman’s idea concept has brought him publicity from Upworthy and he was even recently on the Ellen Degeneres show.
Wartman not only has the pay-it-forward program but employs individuals through agencies that connect homeless individuals with jobs and also sells official t-shirts which are designed by homeless artists. Half of the t-shirt revenue goes towards supporting the local homeless community through the pay-it-forward pizza program.
View Wartman on BBC here
View Wartman on Ellen here
By Nicole Bryck