Ruta Smith

D’Allesandro’s Pizza co-owners Ben and Nick D’Allesandro wanted to give back to the frontline grocery store workers during the coronavirus pandemic the best way they knew how: with pizza.

“People have to eat and they get their food from the grocery stores,” Ben D’Allesandro said. “By giving them pizza, we wanted to show our appreciation for them being there. Hopefully we’ve shown others in the community the gratitude these people deserve.”

“I called the managers at Food Lion, Harris Teeter, and Publix downtown and asked them if they would accept lunch if I brought it in,” Ben says. “At first, they were kind of confused but then they got excited when they realized I was serious.”

After delivering to the three big-box grocery stores, the D’Allesandro brothers dropped pizzas off at Veggie Bin on Spring Street and JD’s Market on Rutledge Avenue, where owner Jamal Amer is supplying groceries on the neighborhood level to people who are unable to travel very far.

“Ben and I are neighbors, so we look out for each other,” says Amer, whose shop is blocks away from both their homes. “The pizza is delicious.” —Parker Milner