Food insecurity affects one in six Arizonans. With September being Hunger Action Month, Spinato’s is taking action to feed the needy. This September, Spinato’s will hold two events in partnership with Phoenix Rescue Mission. On Sept. 1, Spinato’s will feed 150 homeless women and children by serving pizzas at the Changing Lives Center for Women & Children. On September 25, Spinato’s will shut down its Central Phoenix location at 7th St. and Missouri Ave. to give another 150 homeless guests the ultimate Spinato’s Experience.
“We wanted to take the opportunity to give those who are struggling a night out that so many of us take for granted,” says Anthony Spinato, vice president of Spinato’s Pizzeria. “Being of service to our local community is an integral part of Spinato’s culture.”
Spinato’s will close its busy 7th St. location, the pizzeria’s flagship, at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25 to prepare for 150 Phoenix Rescue Mission residents who are arriving at 5 p.m. The guests will have the full restaurant experience; the opportunity to select a meal from the menu, order it from a server and have their dishes cleared for them, all at no cost.
According to Phoenix Rescue Mission, there are nearly 26,000 homeless people in Maricopa County and 37 percent of them are families.
“Phoenix Rescue Mission is grateful to Spinato's Pizzeria and its staff for bringing their family style atmosphere to our dining hall at the Changing Lives Center. We can't wait for our families to have a night out at Spinato’s, so they can enjoy a night of pizza and fun during what can be a stressful time as they transition from homelessness to wholeness. Both events highlight Spinato’s commitment to the community and how much they support our mission,” said Jay A. Cory, president and CEO of Phoenix Rescue Mission.
Having been a Valley institution since 1974, Spinato’s has a deep connection with the community it serves. This initiative will kick off a larger effort to make food insecurity and hunger-related causes one of the major outlets for Spinato’s charitable giving going forward.
Spinato’s Pizzeria has five Valley locations including North Scottsdale, North Tempe, South Ahwatukee, North Phoenix and Central Phoenix.
About Spinato’s Pizzeria
Established in 1974 by Ken and Elaine Spinato, Spinato’s Pizzeria is a Valley of the Sun favorite. Delivering the “Spinato’s Experience” to each guest, they combine great food in a comfortable environment, just like you went to a friend’s house for dinner. Offering dine-in, take-out and specialty baked goods and pastries at Andiamo Market, they are open in certain locations seven days a week. For more information, visit spinatospizzeria.com.
About Phoenix Rescue Mission
Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. The nonprofit Mission, which has been operating since 1952, is asking the public for support of its many programs designed to save lives, including Hope Coach Street Outreach, Homeless Emergency Services, Men’s Addiction Recovery Program and the new Changing Lives Center for Women and Children. For more information, call (602) 233-3000 or visit phoenixrescuemission.org.