Last month, Hurricane Florence devastated North and South Carolina, destroying homes and causing catastrophic flooding. During the storm, Papa John’s team members living and working in Florence’s path stepped up to put the needs of others in their communities above their own – donating pizzas to shelters, keeping a restaurant open to provide a safe place for team members to stay and giving local residents without power a warm, fresh meal.

While almost a month has passed since Hurricane Florence made landfall, returning home to regular life is still a long way off for many. Our team members are dedicated to helping our communities rebuild and recover, which is core to who we are as a brand.

Over the past week, Papa John’s partnered with the Red Cross at shelters in Pembroke, Fayetteville and Carthage, NC, donating and serving pizza to shelter residents affected by the hurricane from our mobile trailer. Feeding people is what we do, and over the past 10 years, we have partnered with the Red Cross to give families affected by natural disasters a warm meal.

This year, our disaster relief operations team donated and served over 8,500 pizzas to people affected by Hurricane Florence. Our mobile kitchen, along with team members from Louisville, traveled to North Carolina to join Papa John’s team members on the ground to help make and serve pizza to those in need.

Our thoughts are with those impacted by Hurricane Florence, and we thank each of our team members for working tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of so many. Papa John’s people are the heart of our company, and our communities are what drive us to do and be better.

The Papa John’s and Red Cross team in Fayetteville, NC.