When Leesburg resident Jack Azar and his wife Jumana were out grocery shopping for their family recently, they were reminded of people in the community who might not have the financial means to fill up their shopping carts during this time of crisis, and they wanted to do something to help.
Azar, who owns Manhattan Pizza restaurants around Loudoun County, is known for his generosity with local schools and nonprofit organizations. He reached out to Mobile Hope, a nonprofit working with homeless or precariously housed teens, to see how he could help feed people who are in need of a meal.
Mobile Hope agreed to help distribute gift certificates for free pizzas to families they knew could use assistance.
Azar said he plans to work with a variety of Loudoun's nonprofit organizations each week so he can feed people who are especially in need.
In addition, Azar coordinated with several of his vendors like U.S. Foods and P-Plus to provide free bags of fruit and vegetables as well as a free roll of toilet paper at the Leesburg location.
"We were so glad to put this together. We wanted to do something to help. If other distributors have produce they are looking to donate we will take it," Azar said.
While Azar's business has slowed down, he said he hasn't had to let anyone go.
"We have a lot of good people here. We are here in the community, and we want to do this for local residents," Azar said.