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Astoria pizzerias to help ‘Slice Out Hunger’

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Photo courtesy of Valeriya Popova

Two Astoria pizzerias are joining the party to give back by the slice.

Boston Pizza, located at 37-02 Broadway, and Rizzo’s Fine Pizza, located at 30-13 Steinway Street, will participate in this year’s Slice Out Hunger charity event on Wednesday, October 9 at St. Anthony’s Church, located at 154 Sullivan Street in Manhattan.

For the past five years, Slice Out Hunger has held “New York City’s biggest pizza party” during national pizza month. Pizza pies are donated from shops around the city and $1 tickets are sold at the door for slices, drinks, desserts or raffle entries. This year, with over 40 pizzerias participating, all the money raised will go directly to the Food Bank For New York City.

“New York City is home to the best pizza in the world and for many of us, we can easily enjoy the foods we want at any time,” said Scott Wiener, founder and organizer of Slice Out Hunger. “But we should be aware that there is a food poverty crisis and a whopping 2.6 million New Yorkers are having difficulty affording food for themselves and their families.”

The charity event started as an anniversary party for Wiener’s tour company called Scott’s Pizza Tour.

When some pizzerias offered their pies for the celebration, Weiner decided to sell the slices for a dollar and donate the money.

This year a total of 650 pies are expected to be donated and participating pizzerias will also volunteer their time at the event.

“We love what Slice Out Hunger is doing,” said Turan Ayhan, co-owner of Boston Pizza. “They are turning these pizzas into even more meals for people that need them. Everyone is coming and enjoying pizza from all over New York City, and we are so happy to be a part of that.”

Every dollar raised will be matched by Scott’s Pizza Tours and other sponsors as well. The event begins at 6 p.m. and ends “when the pizza runs out,” said Wiener. For more information, visit SliceOutHunger.org.

Last year’s Slice Out Hunger charity event raised $12,800 for City Harvest. (Photo courtesy of Slice Out Hunger)