Normally, we wouldn’t post an entire article about one type of pizza in one fast food pizza chain – but the Shaq-a-Roni at Papa John’s is different, because sales support local charities and community groups with more than $1 Million a year.
Nothing cheesy about that.
There’s also the chance for fans to win FREE pizza for 22 years – a prize valued at nearly $15,000..
Nothing cheesy about that, either.
Through Dec. 25, $1 of each sale of a Shaq-a-Roni pizza is donated to a local group through the Papa John’s Foundation for Building Community.
This is the third year of the fund-raising event. Last year, it raised $1.6 Million.
Shaq-a-Roni pizza was developed in partnership with board member and franchisee Shaquille O’Neal, and it leverages Shaq’s larger-than-life footprint with a larger-than-usual pizza. .
The Shaq-a-Roni features an extra-large pizza made with Papa Johns fresh six-ingredient dough, covered with extra pepperoni and extra cheese, baked and cut into eight Shaq-sized slices.
This year, there’s even more pepperoni to love! Introducing the Pepperoni-Crusted Papadia, hand-stuffed with real cheese and pepperoni, and toasted with more cheese and pepperoni on the outside.
Both items are offered for just $13.99 and $8, respectively.
Also, for the duration of the campaign Papa Rewards members can bolster their contributions by donating their Papa Dough, The company will direct these donations to The Papa John’s Foundation, up to $25,000.
The rewards program is free to join. If you aren’t already a member, download the Papa Johns mobile app or visit www.papajohns.com/order/papa-rewards.
Win Free Pizza for 22 Years
Between October 24 and October 31, fans are invited to “step” into Shaq’s shoes and help make a Shaq-sized impact in communities for a chance to win cool prizes.
Just snap a pic in the Shaq-a-Roni Shoeprint graphic at select Papa Johns restaurants nationwide and post on Twitter using hashtags #ShaqaroniImpact and #Sweepstakes and mention @PapaJohns to enter.
If your shoe size matches, you win a Shaq-a-Roni pizza. If not, you’ll still be entered to win a Shaq-sized prize: free pizza for 22 years!
Visit www.papajohns.com/shaq for official rules.
How Shaq-a-Roni Supports Local Groups
Every Shaq-a-Roni sale supports The Papa John’s Foundation and builds on the more than $6.6 million raised over the last two years.
The donations support organizations working to provide hunger relief, reduce food waste and build the leaders of tomorrow, as well as the Foundation’s Building Community Fund, which provides grants to local organizations nominated by franchisees, including Shaq.
With help from funds raised by the Shaq-a-Roni pizza last year, The Papa John’s Foundation and the Building Community Fund will distribute nearly $1.6 million in grants this year to almost 180 local organizations across 33 states and 96 communities nationwide, including:
23 local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America:
- A national leader in youth development programs that supports local communities by building the next generation of leaders.
Food Recovery Network:
- A national nonprofit that unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campus dining halls and donating it to those in need.
Just Food of Douglas County:
- A local Lawrence, Kan. organization that aims to end hunger by increasing access to healthy foods, reducing barriers to health and well-being and cultivating self-sufficiency within the local community.
Urban Harvest STL:
- A local St. Louis, Mo. organization that builds community around inclusive and resilient local food systems by growing produce across a network of urban farms to donate to local nonprofit partners.
More information about the Shaq-a-Roni pizza, including The Papa John’s Foundation and its grantees, can be found at www.papajohns.com/foundation.