Feeding the Homeless by Paying it Forward, Wall Street Banker Opens $1 Pizza Joint

Tired of the daily grind and battles he had to face at work, Mason Wartman decided to give it all up in pursuit of something better.  In 2013, he left the job he had on Wall Street so that he could begin his own startup, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. The whole idea behind this restaurant isn’t that they specialize in some sort of cuisine, or serve platters that are more expensive than clothes, instead

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The homeless in the area quickly spread word about the amazing path that Rosa’s has taken.  If anyone was broke or hungry, Rosa’s served as an establishment that one could come to and consistently get food for free.  If someone comes into Rosa’s, all they have to do is pick up a Post-It note off the wall and it can be used as a voucher for a free slice of pizza.  This connection between the person who pays it forward and the person who receives the free slice of pizza is artistic and beautiful, and is a great trend of restaurants recently.

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Wartman estimates that Rosa’s (which was named after his mother), gives away about 30-40 slices per day. So many customers and people who have heard of the initiative (Ellen DeGeneres recently donated $10,000) have donated that Wartman now keeps track of the free slices on the register, leaving the wall for thank you notes, messages of encouragement and photos. You can see some of the amazing notes below.

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Don’t be afraid to make a contribution on their website if you’re into that sort of thing. Supporting restaurants, and more importantly people, who take financial risks in order to create a better world are hard to come by.  By supporting them, we have a chance to create more people like Mason.

Head over to their website, and make sure to leave a comment below!

Original Post at TwisterSifter.

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