Oregano’s Bistro launches ‘Bottles for Babies’ campaign May 4

Oregano’s Pizza Bistro always has given back to the community, but now the local pizza joint’s public service is taking a new direction – the first-ever “Bottles For Babies”

Powdered Baby Formula Drive at the company’s 15 restaurants across Arizona beginning Monday, May 4, and continuing until Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10.

“Bottles for Babies” – in partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona – will allow Oregano’s guests to donate cash in person, donate online at Oreganos.com or bring powdered baby formula in sealed boxes to its restaurants all week long.

Additionally, the company’s more than 1,300 employees will participate in a one-day fundraising campaign May 1 – with a goal of generating $15,000 in seed contributions from the company itself.

The idea for the drive originated with Oregano’s founder and CEO Mark S. Russell, who recently became a first-time father. Mr. Russell said the birth of his son, River, showed him how much infants depend on adults for each meal and how expensive baby formula can be.

“Babies have no choice but to rely on everyone around them,” said Mr. Russell.

“They’re at the mercy of everyone. That’s why we’re doing ‘Bottles For Babies.’ No one else is doing it and it’s a great start. We think it’s a great way to give back to the community across Arizona and to continue to do what we’ve done for so many years now – feed families and make sure everyone’s taken care of and satisfied.”

Founded in 1993, today Oregano’s has a dozen Valley locations, two restaurants in Tucson, one location in Flagstaff and one under construction in Queen Creek. Specializing in original Chicago-style thin crust, stuffed and pan pizzas, as well as abundant specialty salads and pastas, Oregano’s continues to be inspired by recipes passed down from Russell’s family.

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