MOD Renews Partnership with Best Buddies International, Helping Provide More Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities
As MOD Sets Donation Goal of $500,000, Olivia Culpo and Anthony Shriver Make Appearances at MOD Locations
SEATTLE (June 2, 2022) – MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC (“MOD Pizza”, “MOD” or the “Company”), the purpose-led, people-first, fast casual pizza pioneer, has debuted its new Value(s) Menu, introducing an easy way for customers to make an impact while enjoying their favorite MOD items. When customers order from the MOD Value(s) Menu, they will be supporting a non-profit helping to make meaningful change in the hundreds of communities MOD serves. The Value(s) Menu will be a permanent addition to MOD’s menu and is meant to celebrate the positive impact that can be made when like-minded organizations partner around their shared values.
MOD’s inaugural Value(s) Menu partner – now through August 22 – is Best Buddies International, the world’s largest organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). With today’s announcement, MOD plans to donate $500,000 to Best Buddies to help support their mission of inclusion through programs that support integrated employment, one-to-one friendships, leadership development and inclusive living communities.
Make An Impact With A Meal
There are two simple ways for customers to make an impact when they order from MOD’s new Value(s) Menu:
- Value(s) Meal: When customers purchase a Value(s) Meal – any MOD-sized pizza or salad and a 24-ounce beverage – MOD will donate 50¢ to Best Buddies
- Side of MODness: Customers can add a “Side of MODness” to any order and make a 50¢ donation to Best Buddies
“MOD exists to serve people in order to contribute to a world that works for and includes everyone. Our Value(s) Menu is one more way for us to deepen the impact we can make in our communities and help organizations that are doing such incredible and important work,” said Ally Svenson, co-founder and protector of the purpose, MOD Pizza. “Over the years, we’ve seen the power of strategic partnership, especially when it’s built on shared values – which has certainly been the case with Best Buddies. A shared commitment to inclusion, belonging and opportunity has been our focus with Best Buddies for years. We’re thrilled that our customers can join in this work by simply enjoying a meal at MOD!”
To launch the new Value(s) Menu, MOD and Best Buddies hosted a series of in-store events in cities around the United States. In Los Angeles, Olivia Culpo, actress and Best Buddies Global Ambassador joined some of her best buddies at MOD – Culver City.
MOD and Best Buddies forged their partnership in 2019 to create meaningful employment and career development opportunities for individuals with IDD. Today, MOD employees nearly 300 individuals with IDD, including Carmen, a Squad member in Dunkirk, Maryland. Learn more about Carmen’s journey at MOD and how she inspires her fellow Squad members and communities every day in this video.
“Best Buddies is incredibly grateful to partner with MOD Pizza in support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD),” said Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Chairman, Founder, and CEO of Best Buddies International. “MOD’s commitment to hiring people with IDD is truly exemplary, and our shared values of acceptance, inclusion and belonging allows people with IDD to thrive and live full, productive lives. This new fundraising campaign further solidifies MOD’s commitment to our cause.”
ABOUT MOD PIZZA
MOD Pizza is a purpose-led, people-first brand founded in Seattle in 2008 by serial entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. As the pioneer of the fast-casual pizza category, MOD introduced speed, individual style and compelling value to the world of pizza. The Company serves individual artisan-style pizzas and salads that are made on demand, allowing customers to create their own pizzas and salads with any combination of over 40 toppings and sauces, all for one incredible price. Today, MOD is the largest fast casual pizza concept and one of the fastest growing restaurant brands in North America. With over 500 stores across 29 states and Canada, MOD is committed to creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work by providing community and opportunity to over 10,000 Squad members. For more information, please visit http://www.modpizza.com or connect with the brand via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
* The term “system-wide” refers to all company-operated and licensed store locations.
MOD, MOD Pizza, and Spreading MODness, are registered trademarks of MOD Super Fast Pizza, LLC.
ABOUT BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL
Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to nearly 3,000 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ nine formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies®, Jobs, Ambassadors, Promoters, and Inclusive Living— engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 54 countries, positively impacting the lives of nearly 800,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.
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