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British Columbia restaurants show solidarity during tough times

Corleone’s Pizzeria supports their community


When business was slowing down in Penticton, BC, pizzeria owner Don Gigliotti wanted to make a meaningful impact – powered by pizza, of course!

Corleone’s Pizzeria started by offering a free small cheese pizza to any Penticton resident working in the food industry who lost their job as a result of the pandemic: an effort to stand in solidarity with fellow foodservice workers while keeping the pizzeria staff employed.

Not long after launching the initiative, Don extended his offer to include absolutely anyone who had lost their job. Other members of the community who were inspired by his kindness started offering support, like dropping off supplies so Corleone’s could continue making free pizza.



Save on Meats takes care of people in need


This Vancouver spot is known as a “social enterprise diner”. Formerly a butcher shop, this local institution was transformed into a diner and community support system rolled into one. Aside from serving customers, their heart lies in their meal program: 365 days a year, with support from various organizations, they produce 1,000+ meals that are distributed to 15 social housing complexes and 6 community outreach organizations.

Save on Meats has now closed to the public to concentrate exclusively on their meal program and feeding the local homeless population, which is particularly vulnerable at this time. Running solely on donations of money and food products, the diner is putting together sandwiches to be distributed across the city.



Me-n-Ed’s Pizza Parlors fuels healthcare workers with free pizza


With four locations across the province of BC, Me-n-Ed’s Pizza Parlors knew they were in a great position to make a huge impact during the COVID-19 crisis. They joined forces to donate and deliver more than 100 pizzas to front-line workers across various hospitals.

Me-n-Ed’s Parlors sent warm, lovingly prepared pies to thank front-line workers. Teams from Langley Memorial, Royal Columbian, Burnaby General, and Eagleridge Hospital were pleased to receive their pizzas. And that’s only the beginning!