When you first walk into Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, you’ll see a variety of colorful Post-It notes lining the walls. It might not be the most stylish décor choice, but there’s a pretty powerful story behind the sticky notes.
Each note includes a message from a customer who took part in the pay it forward with pizza program. The program allows patrons to buy a $1 pizza slice for a member of the homeless community in Philadelphia.
The program started about a year ago. And according to NPR, Rosa’s customers have so far purchased about 8,400 slices for their homeless neighbors. That’s a huge potential impact on the community. And it gives members of the homeless community a place to go when they need a quick bite to eat.
At first, Rosa’s staff actually used the Post-It notes to keep track of how many slices they owed to their homeless customers. But since the pay it forward with pizza program has grown so much, they now have to keep track at the register. The Post-Its now only serve as an inspiration and reminder of the program and the impact it can have.
The homeless pizza recipients can even leave their own messages on the wall expressing gratitude or motivation. One of the notes from a homeless customer at the restaurant, according to NPR, read:
“I just want to thank everyone that donated to Rosa’s; it gave me a place to eat everyday and the opportunity to get back on my feet. I start a new job tomorrow!”
A normal slice of pizza at Rosa’s only costs a dollar. So for just an extra sixty cents customers can buy a meal for someone who really needs it. It’s an inexpensive way to really make a difference. And the pay it forward with pizza program certainly serves to set apart a restaurant that cares about its community.
Image: Rosa’s Pizza