Americans are hungry for democracy and are turning out in record numbers to vote. But that means long lines and sometimes empty stomachs.
Fortunately, Pizza to the Polls is here to deliver the one thing that pairs perfectly with freedom: piping hot ’za. We take reports of long lines from folks around the country and then find local pizza places to deliver the goods.
The weekend before the 2016 election, long lines were reported at early voting locations across the country. In response, Pizza to the Polls was born. In a few short hours, the co-founders came up with a name, a Twitter handle, a website, and a plan: Give pizza to the people. And give people watching at home a way to help.
We collected reports of long lines and sent in delivery pizzas to feed the crowds. The feedback was immediate and immense: it fortified hungry voters in line, cheered up beleaguered poll workers, and gave people a way to help out their communities.
By the morning of Election Day, we had raised $10k and were confronted with the seemingly impossible task of spending it all before the polls closed. We recruited and trained a team of 20+ volunteers to order and coordinate the delivery of 2k+ pizzas to 100+ polling places across 24 states.
By the time the dust had settled and the ballots were cast, we had raised $40k from 1.5k donors, and over 20k+ slices of pizza were consumed!
With the momentum we gained after the 2016 election, we were able to send 10k+ pizzas to 600+ polling places across 41 states and to raise $400k+ from 10k+ donors.
We delivered 70k+ pizzas to 3k+ polling sites across 48 states and raised $1.5m+ from 30k+ donors. We also launched a Food Truck program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with 1m+ snacks distributed in 29 cities across 290+ truck rolling days.