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Updated: February 7, 2023

No 'dough' accepted in the Good Crust's pizza giveaway

Guy flipping pizza dough Photo/ Courtesy the Good Crust The Good Crust, based in Canaan, has 17 employees on staff including Sean Duffy, shown here stretching dough.

The Good Crust in Canaan will offer free pizza rolls and bialys this Thursday as part of the nationwide Pizza Across America campaign to combat food insecurity.

Sponsored by Slice Out Hunger and World Pizza Champions, Pizza Across America unites pizzerias and dough makers to donate pizza to local shelters, soup kitchens, care centers and local communities so everyone can savor a slice on National Pizza Day this Thursday regardless of socioeconomic status or food budget.

One of 500 pizza dough manufacturers and pizzerias participating this year, the Good Crust plans to give away at least 200 servings of free pizza rolls and bialys between noon and 6 p.m. this Thursday.

Bialy is a traditional bagel-like roll in Polish Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine that's similar to a bagel; it originated in the city of Białystok in Poland.

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Heather Kerner

“We are participating in Pizza Across America because food insecurity is a very real challenge in rural Maine,” Heather Kerner, founder and CEO of the Good Crust, told Mainebiz. She noted that 17% of the population in Somerset County, where the Good Crust is located, experiences food insecurity. 

“We believe that all people should have access to wholesome, healthy food, and we are happy to unite with pizzerias across the nation to do our small part in sharing the bounty of pizza made with local whole grains from Maine,” she added.

Founded by Scott Weiner, of Scott’s Pizza Tours in New York City, Slice Out Hunger produces pizza-related events and campaigns to fight food insecurity across the United States.

Slice Out Hunger is a volunteer-driven nonprofit that has raised more than $1.3 million to fund hunger relief efforts around the country since 2009.

Kerner, twin sister of Amber Lambke, CEO and co-founder of Maine Grains in Skowhegan, launched her business in 2020 as a shared kitchen in Skowhegan, making dough using 100% freshly milled whole grain ingredients from Maine.

The Good Crust, now located at 210 Main St. in Canaan, has 17 staffers on its payroll, including seasonal employees. It sells frozen dough to 100 breweries, natural food stores, school food service programs and restaurants throughout New England and offers pizza take-out service on Friday nights. 

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