Valentine’s day heart-shaped pizzas warm hearts

Proceeds from Boston Pizza’s heart-shaped Valentine’s day pizzas will support local children in need.

Aldergrove’s Boston Pizza wants you to “share the love” and support local children this Valentine’s Day, by purchasing a heart-shaped pizza on February 14.

Dustin Fowler—a manager of the popular restaurant chain since 2015—commits proceeds from the heart-shaped pizzas to an initiative that helps curb child hunger in the area.

The Starfish Pack Program, first started by the Aldergrove Rotary Club in April 2015, provides selected students from Aldergrove elementary schools Parkside and Shortreed, a backpack full of food to take home for the weekend.

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Participating local schools, grocery stores, volunteers, support groups and community leaders also contributed to the enactment of Aldergrove’s Starfish Pack Program.

Students assessed to be in need receive the special backpack every Friday until the end of the school year in June.

When asked why he remains an advocate for program, Fowler pointed to a recent experience he had with his 8 year old daughter:

“I took my daughter on a field trip to the Langley waterpark with her class last year and the girl who was partnered with her didn’t have food for her lunch,” said Fowler.

“I sought the program out instantly,” he said.

Since then, Fowler has donated proceeds from other in-store initiatives including staff contests and other measures to the local program.

On January 10, Fowler received the news that the Aldergrove restaurant ranked #1 in all of B.C. this year and 17th in Canada by Boston Pizza officials—a considerable leap from their last year’s standings.

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The ruling was based on ten nation-wide parameters set out by the company for their 380 Canadian restaurant locations.

Boston Pizza expects to serve more than 60,000 heart-shaped pizzas on Valentine’s Day this year. To which youth or child-based initiative the proceeds will go is determined by store managers.

Heart-shaped pizzas are available in sizes small and medium size and can be made with classic or multigrain dough and can be ordered to dine-in, take-out or for delivery.

For more information or to place a heart-shaped order this Valentine’s day, you can call the store at 604-607-0713.

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