Pizza Hut’s area locations are working to give back to both the Liberty County and global communities, but they can’t do it without help, according to restaurant general manager David Mihan.
The stores are looking to raise $10,000 by Oct. 31 to donate to the United Nations World Food Programme, and if they raise the most money of all Pizza Hut locations, parent company Yum Brands will donate $5,000 to local food charities.
The WFP is a humanitarian effort that aims to feed more than 10.9 million people in the Horn of Africa, countries such as Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda, according to its website.
Currently, the Gen. Screven Way store, which has raised $2,300 so far, is third in the nation for funds raised.
“I know with just a little community help, we could make up the difference and overtake the other areas ahead of us,” Mihan said. The two area locations will hold various fundraising opportunities this month to meet the goal.
• A yard sale with donated goods from local pawn and consignment businesses will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the General Screven location.
• The Highway 84 location will host a digital scavenger hunt with prizes and giveaways from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Required donations are $20 per driver and $5 for each additional passenger. Registration is at 9 a.m. at the Castle in Ludowici on Elim Church Road.
• World Hunger/Pizza Hut shirts donated by Cross Screen Printing & Embroidery are available for an $8 donation at the stores.
• The two locations have partnered to raffle a pair of tickets to a Jacksonville Jaguars home game. The tickets are in the lower bowl of Everbank Field and can be used at any of the three remaining home games. A $5 donation offers one chance at the prize, while a $10 donation offers three chances.
In 2009, the Highway 84 location raised the most of all locations nationwide, and in 2010, the Gen. Screven location raised $4,000, Mihan said.
“The motivating factor for me is that there are hundreds of people, through local food charities, right here in Hinesville, that could use the $5,000,” Mihan said.
For more information about any of these efforts, call David at the Gen. Screven Way location at 368-3366 or Tammy at the Highway 84 store at 876-0101.