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On Thursday Nov. 5, Flash Fire Pizza will be hosting a kickoff fundraiser for Poverello’s Annual Holiday Food Drive. When customers make a purchase at Flash Fire Pizza, at any time that day, 20 percent of each purchase will go directly to Poverello to help provide food to our clients this holiday season.

Our goal is to provide 2,600 nutritious holiday meals this year. There are a number of ways you can help. You can come to the Kickoff Party on Nov. 5. You can make a donation of $18.95 directly to Poverello to provide a traditional family meal for someone in need. Or you could host your own food drive.

Over the last 25 years, Poverello has been having annual Holiday Food Drives. These drives allow us to provide our clients with chicken, stuffing, cranberries and other side items as part of a nutritious holiday meal. While the average cost of this meal would be approximately $35, Poverello is able to purchase each meal for significantly less from participating vendors for approximately $18.95.

Lj McHugh, Poverello interim CEO said, “We encourage people to help us feed one or more families by making a donation; and we thank our generous supporters who recognize that we need their help now more than ever.”

Many local businesses help Poverello to achieve our Holiday Food Drive goals. Last year over 47 businesses participated and made our drive a terrific success by hosting a food drive box. The food drive is a great way for your business, employees and patrons to play a role in making the holidays bright for community members living with HIV/AIDS. It’s easy to help. Simply provide a space for a collection box. Poverello will drop the box off and pick it up when it is full. If you would like to participate, you can contact us at 954-561-3663 or go to and signup for this year’s event.

According to Poverello’s founder Father Bill Collins, “For most, the holidays are about sharing, joy, about being thankful, and about faith. It’s easy to forget that there are tremendous unmet needs in our community. The people we serve here at Poverello are a good example. Many don’t know whether they will have enough to eat and some are even forced to choose between paying for medicine and paying for food. Won’t you help by giving a donation? Every dollar counts and makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.”

We welcome Flash Fire Pizza to the family of businesses who so generously support Poverello. Jay Frese, owner of Flash Fire Pizza said, “We may be fast, but it's not fast food.” The restaurant features a menu that provides more customizable options than any other fast-food pizza chain. The restaurant has a number of diet-friendly and health-conscious options like gluten-free dough, hormone-free chicken, local organic vegetables, and GMO-free greens - as well as premium local and globally sourced cured meats.

Come join us on Thursday, Nov. 5 and bring canned goods. International DJ/Producer Alex Ferbeyre will be spinning at the event from 6-9 p.m. Come join the party and help Poverello provide a holiday meal to each of our clients. Flash Fire Pizza is located at 2949 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306. We look forward to seeing you there! #foodismedicine #hungerfighters