(Medina, Ohio – January 25, 2021) Romeo’s Pizza is excited to announce their participation in the inaugural Pizza with a Purpose fundraising initiative, which benefits the Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Romeos Pizza (Ohio locations) will donate $1.00 for each pepperoni pizza sold from Monday, January 25 – Sunday, January 31, 2021. The number of pizzas sold will be tracked and the participating location that sells the most pizzas will be recognized as “Best Pepperoni Pizza” in Ohio.
“After the devastating hardships the restaurant industry has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to support our fellow foodservice employees through Pizza with a Purpose,” said Ryan Rose, CEO of Romeo’s Pizza. “We encourage everyone in Ohio to support this initiative through our company or any of the sponsoring pizza restaurants throughout the state.”
The Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created by the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation (ORAEF), a 501(c)(3), in collaboration with the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA), to activate emergency funding for personnel in the foodservice industry who have been affected by COVID-
19. Since its launch in April 2020, the fund has awarded more than 1,100 grants and raised more than
$350,000 for employees in need.
“A recent ORA poll reveals that at current capacity, 61% of Ohio restaurant operators believe they will be forced to close within nine months and 82% of respondents do not anticipate breaking even in 2020,” said John Barker, president and CEO of the ORA. “The ORAEF has been working diligently to come up with creative ways to fundraise to support Ohio’s restaurant employees who are in financial distress.
The team is excited to be partnering with pizza companies across the state for Pizza with a Purpose.”
Any Ohio employees in the restaurant, foodservice or hospitality industry that have been impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for a grant from the Employee Relief Fund. The funding that employees receive is restricted for the use of housing expenses (e.g. mortgage or rent), living expenses (e.g. transportation and groceries) and medical expenses.
To help, visit any Ohio Romeo’s Pizza from January 25 – 31 and order a Pepperoni Pizza. Pizza enthusiasts can learn more here and can contribute to the cause through donating directly to the fund at OhioRestaurantsRelief.org.
About Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation:
The Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and its mission is to educate, cultivate and support the Ohio restaurant, hospitality and foodservice workforce. All donations are tax-deductible. Please consult a tax professional for deduction information.
About Ohio Restaurant Association:
For 100 years, the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) has proudly served Ohio’s restaurant and foodservice industry, with their members always being their number one priority. Founded on thought leadership and focused on finding sound business solutions for their members, ORA offers advocacy and education, events and programs. For more information, visit ohiorestaurant.org.
About Romeo’s Pizza
Founded in 2001 in Medina, Ohio, Romeo’s Pizza is an award-winning, food-first, pizza community. With 46 open locations and counting, the growing international franchise delivers handcrafted excellence through our local pizza champions.
Romeo’s Pizza delivers purpose-driven, handcrafted excellence through our team of local pizza champions. We believe pizza is always the answer. We deliver sweet smiles, one slice at a time. We will positively impact our communities and environment through our Pizza with a Purpose initiative. This initiative supports local, national and worldwide organizations that believe in making a positive impact on people and our planet.
Learn more about Romeo’s Pizza at https://www.romeospizza.com/.
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