These People Send Free Pizza to Protestors All Over America
Americans are hungry for democracy. And pizza.
What makes a protest? Signs make everything better, singing is voluntary, and puns are a welcome bonus. Yet for too long, political protests have been starved of one of life’s great motivators.
Pizza to the Polls has been delivering non-partisan pizza all around America since the 2016 presidential election. At first, it was intended to keep voters fed while waiting in long queues at the ballot box. According to MUNCHIES, they sent nearly 2,400 pizzas on Election Day.
Since then, democracy has taken a fresh turn. Protests have been heating up all over the world, as anger toward new, controversial policies has taken hold.
Most recently, President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries has sparked international condemnation. The most notable demonstration against the executive order took place at JFK airport, where activists gathered in immense crowds to support immigrants detained across the country.
Outside of Terminal 4 at JFK, while lawyers fight on the inside, the protests have EXPLODED in size demanding justice for the detained... pic.twitter.com/lKcrBg5IOD— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) January 28, 2017
Naturally, Pizza to the Polls was quick to step in and offer free pizzas to the protesters.
Alright we've got 10 Pizzas heading to JFK Terminal Four. Let's see if this works... pic.twitter.com/BgpyNdXe3L— Pizza to the Polls (@PizzaToThePolls) January 29, 2017
An airport, however, presents a unique set of problems to overcome. After a false start where it seemed like the protesters had dispersed, they eventually made it through to JFK. All leftovers, including extras donated by the pizzeria, went to a local homeless shelter in Queens.
An update from last night's pizza delivery attempt - delivery to protests appears to be a little trickier than polling places pic.twitter.com/6t6qbEBcqh— Pizza to the Polls (@PizzaToThePolls) January 29, 2017
“I think providing pizza, or comfort, is the least we can do to support these people,” said Scott Duncombe, co-founder of Pizza to the Polls, in an interview with MUNCHIES. “Pizza warms the heart and it’s a naturally shareable food — it brought voters and polling place workers together and it can bring protesters together in the same way.”
The idea seems to have taken off. A Muslim family decided to head down to JFK on the same day to do their own deliveries: handing out 30 free pizzas to protesters who were defending their faith. All the while, a woman in Salt Lake used the power of ham and pineapple to send a striking message to her senator. Who knew that politics and pizza were such perfect bedfellows?
My senator's local office is not answering his phone, and his voicemail seems to be full. pic.twitter.com/WGbvAYlSw0— Julia Silge (@juliasilge) January 30, 2017
Sadly, some plans have found less success than others.
I am sad to report that my senator's office refused delivery of the pizza. 😞🍕— Julia Silge (@juliasilge) January 30, 2017
The federal security person was pretty chill with me, and he did literally say, "I have gotten a call about a suspicious pizza."— Julia Silge (@juliasilge) January 31, 2017
But where there’s a will there’s a way. And now where there’s a protest, there might also be pizza. To keep the movement going, Pizza to the Polls accept donations of all sizes, using local pizzerias to get as close to the action as possible. With more controversies potentially on the horizon, I hope you’re hungry.