Pizza to the Polls

About Pizza to the Polls


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!

  • 2018

    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.

  • 2020

    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.

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Food trucks

For the 2020 election season, we launched a food truck program in 29 cities around the country for early voting and election day.
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On-Demand

Our signature program is back! We need you to help by reporting crowded polling places and sticking around to ensure food gets delivered safely.
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FAQ

We are incorporated as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit social welfare organization. Contributions or gifts to Pizza to the Polls are not tax deductible. Our activities are 501(c)(3) compliant. If you’d like to learn more about how you can contribute or work with us, learn more here .

You can submit a report of a long line through our submission form . We’ll ask for a delivery address, photo or link to a social media post to verify the line, an estimate of the line’s wait time, and your phone number. Once you submit a report, our volunteers will review to verify the line, and then ship pizzas or snacks your way.

We send food trucks with snacks and deliver pizza to polling places with long lines. The food is free for anyone there — people in line, their kids, poll volunteers and staff, and anyone else hungry for a slice.

Any polling place in the US, as long as we can find a delivery place that services that location.

Pizza to the Polls values the health and safety of our communities, and will be working to mitigate risk of disease transmission:

  • Our food truck program will be staffed by professionals who’ve been trained in food safety and policies to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but please keep in mind that it isn’t possible to eliminate the risk of exposure.
  • For on-demand pizza deliveries, we will be supporting local pizzerias with our pizza delivery partners at Slice . We plan to share safety recommendations with delivery drivers and restaurants, but it’s up to each person to consider their own personal risks.

You can learn more about safety precautions you can take to stay safe at the polls here .

Yes! When you report a line, let us know that you can receive an order on behalf of Pizza to the Polls. We’ll send you a text once an order has been placed! Pizzas usually take around 90 minutes to be delivered after an order is placed. Please be sure to read our guidelines to learn how to help out safely.

Unfortunately, we’re only able to support sending snacks or food trucks to lines at this time.

No. Ain’t nothing partisan about trying to make voting less of a drag.

We often use Slice to find a pizza place close to each polling location. We love to support local businesses in each city! We’ll also order from larger chains.

That’s more of a statement, but please send them to us at morequestions@polls.pizza .

COVID Safety

COVID-19 is a serious illness. Pizza to the Polls values the health and safety of our communities, and will be working to mitigate risk of disease transmission. Everyone visiting their polling location in person should take extra precautions this year.

Learn more about best practices and guidelines