COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington Your Pie location donated around 1,700 peaches and $1,000 to the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program organized by Action Ministries as part of its special summer craft pie series.
For every Peach Prosciutto Pie bought, a peach was donated to the program. A total of 8,075 peaches were donated statewide through the Your Pie franchise.
“We were honored that Andrew and Ross selected Action Ministries to be their nonprofit partner when they first opened their store back in February of 2016,” Regional Director of Action Ministries Tamara Richardson said. “During their three ‘training days’ for their staff just prior to their grand opening, they asked us to help them drive customers to their new store for a free entrée – with donations welcomed for Action Ministries’ hunger relief programs. Over $3,500 was raised as a result. Since then, they have also participated in our Dine Out Do Good fundraiser (last November). These are two amazing young men with very big hearts – and a love for this community – and a strong desire to give back. It’s truly contagious…and very impressive.”
Covington Your Pie Owner Ross Bradley said he is passionate about helping the next generation succeed and he felt that Action Ministries’ program aligned perfect with that.
“For us, we love hiring younger folks, because for us that gives us the opportunity to give them a step ahead in college, in life, whatever it may be,” Bradley said. “So, staying consistent with that next generation mentality, we love partnering with someone like Action Ministries, who has made it their responsibility to take care of the next generation, so for us it is just a little part that we can help in developing kids that maybe don’t have the same opportunities or are faced with some type of difficulty or struggle.”
Smart Lunch Smart Kid is Action Ministries’ summer nutrition program for local children who rely on free and reduced lunch during the school year but may face food insecurity during the summer months, Richardson said.
“From the end of May to the end of July, Action Ministries (in partnership with many partners and volunteers) provided a daily lunch (and enrichment/literacy activities) to approximately 200 children each day at seven different sites around the county – serving almost 8,500 lunches to local school-aged children,” she said. “Lunch varied each day but usually involved a sandwich, salty snack, fruit, dessert and drink.”
There are still two days left to grab yourself a Peach Prosciutto Pie, as the a new craft series is set to launch Aug. 30. The pizza includes ricotta cheese, mozzarella, prosciutto, peaches, basil, parmesan, all topped with a honey balsamic glaze.
Bradley called it a “very fresh pizza.”
Action Ministries is always looking for additional partners, Richardson said. Anyone that is interested in getting involved can reach out at www.actionministries.net.