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In the midst of Restaurant Week, Wealthy Street eatery gives back

Brick Road Pizza donates 15 percent of sales to Feeding America West Michigan, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 5-9 p.m.
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Brick Road Pizza's menu sports traditional pizza joint fare like breadsticks with marinara and deluxe pizzas loaded down with pepperoni, sausage, green peppers and mushrooms. But they also venture into more adventurous culinary terrain with offerings like their vegan road hash and buffalo tofu pizza. In 2010, they added a beer and wine menu redolent of Michigan terroir. Browse the menu.

Right now in Grand Rapids, 60-some local restaurants are wooing customers with jazzed-up menus and ostentatious specials. This week, Brick Road Pizza Co. in the Wealthy Street Business District, is going another route. Co-owner Cindy Talbert decided to feed the hungry.

From 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, Brick Road Pizza will donate 15 percent of its sales to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. The donation is part of the Food Bank’s Million Meal March campaign, a multi-tiered effort to send a million meals to struggling families throughout West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

By the latest count, one in six people in Feeding America West Michigan’s region was food-insecure, meaning they are unsure of their ability to acquire enough food to meet their nutritional needs. In Kent County alone, nearly 85,000 people are food-insecure, and over a third of them are under 18.

Brick Road Pizza’s commitment to its community goes beyond addressing hunger. They source many of their ingredients locally, including the beer they mix into their pizza dough; their turkey and pork sausage comes from free-range farms; and they use non-genetically modified ingredients when possible. In 2010, Brick Road received the Townie Award for Best Pizza in Grand Rapids.

Brick Road Pizza is located at 1017 Wealthy Street. To order ahead, call 616-719-2409. Limited delivery is available.

For a complete list of restaurants participating in the Million Meal March, visit MillionMealMarch.org/restaurants.

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