Perham businesses giving free food for the holidays
This December, businesses in Perham are partnering with local community groups for the 12 Days of Pizza Project.
PERHAM — It’s the season of giving, and what better way to share the love than free food for the holidays? This December, businesses in Perham are partnering with local community groups for the 12 Days of Pizza Project. Twenty families will be given coupons for one free large single-topping pizza or eight-piece chicken for 12 days.
United Community Bank and Perham Pizza Ranch have teamed up to sponsor families for the 12 Days of Pizza.
The idea for this project came from Sean Covel, producer of "Napoleon Dynamite" and a South Dakota native. Covel heard the need for an extended out-of-school food program when his friend, a second grade teacher, mentioned how some of her students are dependent on existing programs that provide free and reduced meals throughout the school year and on weekends with the Backpack Program. A supplemental program was especially needed when schools closed for the holidays, leaving some students without a dependable meal source.
Covel created 12 Days of Pizza in 2015 with the help of Black Hills Community Bank and Pizza Ranch Rapid City. The project was a success and expanded to four cities in the second year, helping 48 families. Now in its seventh year, the project will provide over 20,000 meals to nearly 1,500 families across the Midwest. Forty Pizza Ranch locations are partnering with local businesses to join in on the spirit of the holidays.
“We are proud of our franchisees and the local businesses in our communities for offering this amazing program to our Pizza Ranch communities again this year,” said Pizza Ranch Chief Vision Officer Perry Krosschell.