Buckhead’s Your Pie collaborates with Food Bank.

Your Pie owner Drew French is on a mission to fight hunger through his initiative, "Ins'pie'ring Communities."

Your Pie owner Drew French is on a mission to fight hunger through his initiative, “Ins’pie’ring Communities.”

When Drew French, owner of Buckhead’s Your Pie, opened his first restaurant in Athens, Georgia, in 2008, he wanted it to exude the same family and food atmosphere that inspired him while visiting his wife’s native Italy.

“I fell in love with the hand tossed pizzas made from locally sourced products and baked in brick ovens,” French says. “I wanted to bring that experience home.”

He also wanted to become part of the communities where his 24 stores are located. Through the company’s initiative, “Ins’pie’ring Communities,” each location selects a nonprofit to benefit. The Buckhead Your Pie location, which opened in 2014, focuses on curing childhood hunger. “For every craft pizza purchased at the Buckhead pizzeria during the year, we’ll donate a pie to the Atlanta Community Food Bank,” French says.

“In February, 80 pizzas went to Cross Cultural Ministries that feeds 80 kids a day. The kids were thrilled,” says Mark Gambardella, food-sourcing specialist at the Food Bank. In March and April, I Care Atlanta received 200 pies.

The mission to donate one pie for each specialty pizza sold will garner more than 800 pies from the Buckhead restaurant and another 1,000 from the Perimeter and Roswell Your Pie locations in 2016.

For more information, visit yourpie.com.

BY: Mickey Goodman