Pizza might seem like a cheap or easy meal to most, but to the homeless who are part of the Fargo, North Dakota, community, a slice of pizza means the world.
In 2015, Jenny and Mike Stevens opened up a Little Caesar’s Pizza. The franchise is known for its walk-up service and inexpensive Hot-N-Ready deals.
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Most people I know generally go to Little Caesar’s for the combination of value and taste. You just can’t beat that price.
But not everyone is able to afford even that. Many have nothing, often resorting to digging through a dumpster for just a few cold bites.
The Stevens saw this need and decided to stop waiting for someone else to meet it. When Jenny, Mike and their two daughters, Sunday Stevens and Paige Loftus, noticed a man in need, they offered him a free meal.
“He was so thankful and so gracious,” Jenny shared with TODAY Food. “Then we ended up doing it again for a different person. And again for a different person. And again for another person.”
“To the person going through our trash for their next meal,” the sign reads, “You’re a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster. Please come in during operating hours for a couple of slices of hot pizza and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.”
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Jenny said that “a couple of slices” really means an entire pizza. The family hasn’t held back their generosity one bit.
In the past two years, their humble little restaurant on 19th Avenue has given away more than 142,000 slices of pizza, TODAY Food reports.
Sadly, this all happened while Mike fought Leukemia. Still, he never wavered from doing good and helping others in need.
Mike passed away on Dec. 1, 2017, TODAY Food reported. A post on his Facebook page shared the family’s thoughts in their time of grief.
“Paige, Sunday and I have been humbled by the outpouring of love, kind words and the abundance of prayers we have received from so many people,” Jenny wrote.
“Mike is now home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and we rejoice that his season of suffering has ended.”
This man’s legacy and heart for giving have remained constant. Jenny continues to feed the homeless in her community, doing her part to end hunger, one slice at a time.
Anyone interested in donating to the Stevens’ cause can visit their GoFundMe page. “We have donated 140,000+ slices of pizza since 2016,” the campaign reads. “At a cost of 50¢ a slice, that is $70,000 of donated pizzas.”
“We are hoping to raise funding for the next year so we can keep donating pizzas to our beautiful community.”
Our hearts and prayers are with this sweet family. No doubt Mike would be proud to see his wife and daughters continuing to give even in his absence.
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