Mother’s Day is Sunday, and Marco’s Pizza is giving back to the Midlands community while helping families give mom (or whoever does the cooking) a break.
Through Sunday, any time someone places an order at any of the Columbia area Marco’s locations, in person or for delivery, and mentions Epworth Children’s Home, Marco’s will donate 15 percent of the price of the order to Epworth.
Joseph Walker III, owner of the local Marco’s Pizza franchises, said he sees giving back to the community as a welcome responsibility. “I have a personal conviction that I’ve been put in the position I’m in and blessed so that I can help others.” He added that Marco’s, on the corporate level, encourages charitable giving.
Walker, a Columbia native, said several of his employees have connections to Epworth, and his church has worked with the children’s home. “I’ve been familiar with Epworth for a long time, but I’ve just recently been in a position to help,” he said.
Marco’s also provides free pizza for Epworth residents and staff every Wednesday for dinner, “just to break up the monotony” for them, as Walker puts it.
Andrew Boozer, Epworth’s vice president for development, said 78 children and 14 college-age students will celebrate Mother’s Day at Epworth this year. Walker said he hopes more people will remember those young people and the work Epworth does to support them.
“I would just encourage the community to take a look at their neighbors at Epworth,” he said.