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Papa John’s Shaq-a-Roni Pizza Scores Big for Charity

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“We raised more than $3 million to support communities and causes very close to my heart,” Shaquille O’Neal said.

The Papa John’s Shaquille O’Neal-themed pizza was a slam dunk for charity.

Papa John’s said it raised more than $3 million through sales of the Shaq-a-Roni pizza for The Papa John’s Foundation for Building Community, which supports communities as they work together for equality, fairness, respect and opportunity for all. One dollar from every Shaq-a-Roni sold was donated to foundation.

“Thanks to the generosity of each customer who ordered a Shaq-a-Roni pizza and the support of our franchisees and team members, we raised more than $3 million to support communities and causes very close to my heart,” said O’Neal, a Papa John’s Board Member and franchise owner.

The Shaq-a-Roni, offered from June 29 through Aug. 23, consisted of an extra-large pizza made topped with extra cheese and extra pepperoni, and then cut into Papa John’s largest slice size to-date. But what did you expect from a guy who stands 7-foot-1?

The foundation will now distribute the donated funds to organizations that support its mission including Boys & Girls Clubs of AmericaWorld Central Kitchen and UNCF (United Negro College Fund). Grants will also be given to Goodr to support efforts to build food-insecure communities and GLI (Greater Louisville Inc.) to support the Business Council to End Racism. Within the next year, the remainder of the funds will be distributed to other grassroots organizations in communities across the country.

“The money raised through the Shaq-a-Roni is going to incredible organizations that support causes like COVID-19 relief and the fight against racial injustice,” said Shaquille O’Neal. “As a Boys & Girls Clubs alum, I know the impact Papa John’s continued support is having on these kids and their families’ lives.”

Papa John’s launched The Papa John’s Foundation for Building Community last year to align with the company’s beliefs: “People First, Do the Right Thing and Everyone Belongs.”

“Papa John’s has been fortunate during the pandemic, as we have been able to deliver food to people who want or need to stay at home. It’s our privilege to both feed our communities and give back during these challenging times,” said Rob Lynch, president and CEO of Papa John’s.

Papa John’s is headquartered in Louisville, Ky. and is the world’s third largest pizza delivery company with more than 5,300 restaurants in 48 countries and territories.

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