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pizza posto at lunch program

Hobart Alum Gives Back to Geneva

The 2017 winner of the Stu Lieblein ’90 Pitch Contest, Sam Solomon ’17 and his business, Pizza Posto, are giving back to the Geneva community this summer.

The wood fired pizza truck that supports local agriculture with a farm-to-table menu is partnering with the Geneva Community Lunch program, Geneva 2030 Literacy Action Team and the NAACP School Supply Giveaway to serve free food to the community.

“Pizza Posto is fortunate to be able to give away these pizza sandwiches to the Geneva community, as we would not be in business without their support,” says Solomon. “We can think of no better use of pizza sandwiches than to promote literacy among young students and help feed community members at this challenging time.”

During The Pitch, Solomon impressed judges with his personal story and passion for cooking. As a junior at HWS, Solomon studied abroad in Rome, Italy and attended a master chef demonstration on the art of making pizza. He also provided compelling research on target customer demographics, revealing millennials’ strong interest in buying artisanal and locally sourced food.

Pizza Posto’s ability to give back to the community this summer was made possible through the generous donation of President and CEO of Chegg and former HWS Trustee Daniel L. Rosensweig ’83.

Solomon first met Rosensweig when he worked as a marketing generalist intern at Chegg in the summer before his senior year at HWS. The two have kept in touch since the internship, even connecting before the Pitch competition in 2017. Solomon has greatly valued Rosensweig’s guidance and his continued mentorship with Pizza Posto. In a recent conversation, Solomon shared with Rosensweig the needs he saw in the Geneva community, and this initiative to give back, with pizza sandwiches, was born.

Pizza Posto distributed pizza sandwiches at two Geneva Community Lunch events at the end of July and the beginning of August. The lunch program is a partnership with the Geneva Area Interfaith Council, which through the support of countless volunteers and donors, serves more than 15,000 meals each year. Pizza sandwiches will also be distributed at the Geneva NAACP’s annual school supply giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Geneva 2030 is a collective impact initiative that works to harness the resources of the entire Geneva community—nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals—to support the education of Geneva’s children. In the summer, the literacy action team puts on a literacy bingo program. This year, the first 100 people to complete it and attend the event on Wednesday, Aug. 19 will receive a free pizza sandwich from Pizza Posto.

Visit the Pizza Posto website for more information. (https://www.pizzaposto.com/)

In the photo above, Lara Johnson ’19 and Sam Solomon’ 17 set up at the Community Lunch Program.