Pizza Shop Helps Feed Homeless – GNSOTD Wednesday, July 24th 2019

With a new study from Feed Ontario saying that 1 in 20 people from Brantford made use of a food bank last year, it is nice to hear that there are places where businesses are picking up the slack to feed the hungry. That’s where we get your Good News Story of the Day today.


For the last few years, upwards of 50 pizzas arrive piping hot from the other side of the Bay. Westshore Pizza, 16 miles from the St. Vincent de Paul Cares parking lot, the site of each week’s meal, the 400 slices of pizza ship for free each week. It’s just the company’s way of giving back. “It was an easy decision,” said Westshore owner, Bob Vasaturo. “It makes you appreciate what you have.”


The choice came when they found out about a charity group who were coming under some financial stress while trying to help out the areas homeless. “Food is a wonderful gathering tool,” said Ross Morrison, one of the many volunteers who spend their Sunday evenings serving food for the outreach group ‘We Serve St. Pete.’ In the early days of We Serve St. Pete, volunteers would chip in a few bucks and buy cheaper $5 pizzas from a nearby Little Caesars. Even at just a few bucks per pie, the money added up. The number of homeless who show up to eat on Sundays can easily top 150. That is a lot of mouths to buy pizza for; fortunately the kindness of the pizza shop helped make their work easier.


And chef Enzo says he doesn’t mind. “It’s the world’s favorite food, right?” said the veteran chef. “It’s hard work but, like I said, it’s all for a good cause.” It takes 10 minutes to make each pizza and much less for it all to disappear, by 7:45, every slice is consumed.


But this kind of work truly is its own reward, and the Westshore owner puts it simply; “It’s a good feeling,” said Vasaturo. “You wish you could do it every day.” May we all be so lucky to find a way to give back that gives us such a feeling. Read more about them in your Good News Story of the Day here.


Story and Image from WTSP-TV Tampa-St. Petersburg

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