New Castle News

May 23, 2013

Mom’s donates rolls to tornado victims

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A local pepperoni roll company has found a way to help victims of the Oklahoma tornado.

Leslie Pratt, owner of Mom’s Whole Foods, is sending about 1,700 pepperoni rolls to the ravaged area this weekend to help provide food for the tornado victims as they continue to sift through the rubble of what were once their homes.

Pratt, whose business makes wholesale pepperoni rolls, spinach rolls and other related items at 41 Furnace St. in New Castle, said her contribution is being sent through the disaster relief arm of the Salvation Army in Pittsburgh.

She has a freezer full of boxes of the rolls which are considered “oops” products — those that didn’t come out perfectly shaped but are still edible.

“We save them frozen until we have a large quantity,” Pratt said.

Typically those extras — which some companies consider as waste — are donated to local food banks. “But the Salvation Army is coming Friday to pick them up and they’re taking them to Oklahoma.

Mom’s typically makes 3,000 to 4,000 pepperoni rolls a day and fundraisers are one of its big sales outlets, according to its website.

The company also operates a pizza shop, called Mom’s Pizza, at 1700 Highland Ave.

Pratt said she sent 3,000 to 5,000 rolls to Staten Island, N.Y., when the hurricane hit there last year.

“I have a huge heart for people who have less than I do,” she commented. “You have to give back to the community. There are a lot of people who are hungry out there.”