Organ Stop Pizza is once again sponsoring its Christmas in July Food Drive Challenge, which gives a break to customers who help feed hungry people in the East Valley.
Patrons who bring in at least two approved non-perishable food items for the United Food Bank any time this month will get 10 percent off their entire kitchen bill.
Organ Stop Pizza, 1149 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, also will match cash donations to United Food Bank up to $5,000 from customers. In addition, it is donating $2 from each sale of organist Lew Williams’ Christmas CD, “Holiday Pipes.”
Besides meats, vegetables and fruit in cans, the food bank most needs cash donations, peanut butter, whole-grain cereal, soups, chili, stews, beans, canned or dried milk, rice and pasta. Baby food, opened containers and anything in glass will not be accepted.
The 45-year-old pizzeria, home to the nation’s largest pipe organ, each year helps to stock the food bank’s shelves during a rough time of the year.
“Summer is the hardest time of the year for many individuals and families in Arizona,” said Organ Stop owner Jack Barz. “Kids are out of school, meaning parents have the added pressure of providing more food. Temperatures rise, making electric bills higher – forcing families to make tough decisions like choosing between paying bills or paying for food.
“When you drop off donations for this food drive in July, you will be able to step out of the triple-digit temps into the spirit of the holidays. We’ll deck the Mighty Wurlitzer and walls with a Christmas feel,” he added.