New Prince George’s County pizza joint has lofty goal of giving back to others

A new pizza restaurant in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is offering more than just a new place to get dinner. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk)

Burn Box Pizza in Prince George's County, Maryland, is partnering with Feeding America, Prince George's County Food Equity Council and the Maryland Food Bank to donate 10,000 pizzas to people in need by Oct. 1.
Burn Box Pizza in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is partnering with Feeding America, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council and the Maryland Food Bank to donate 10,000 pizzas to people in need by Oct. 1. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk)

Burn Box Pizza in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is partnering with Feeding America, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council and the Maryland Food Bank to donate 10,000 pizzas to people in need by Oct. 1. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk)

Burn Box Pizza in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is partnering with Feeding America, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council and the Maryland Food Bank to donate 10,000 pizzas to people in need by Oct. 1. (WTOP/Valerie Bonk)

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Burn Box Pizza in Prince George's County, Maryland, is partnering with Feeding America, Prince George's County Food Equity Council and the Maryland Food Bank to donate 10,000 pizzas to people in need by Oct. 1.

A new pizza restaurant in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is offering more than just a new place to get dinner.

The business is trying to give back in a big way.

When you walk into BurnBox Pizza, the phrase “everyone deserves to eat” is written in large letters taking up a main wall.

Ryan Whitfield, co-founder of the restaurant, said they have adopted those words as a mission.

“We’re always here to kind of help other people,” Whitfield said.

For every pizza purchased at BurnBox, the restaurant is donating a pizza to someone in need.

The goal is to give away 10,000 pizzas to local people with food insecurity by Oct. 1.

They’re already 60% there and are grateful for the community support so far.

“With good luck and the community’s support, hopefully, we can reach that goal,” said co-owner Shawndell Pullam.

The restaurant is partnering with Feeding America, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council and the Maryland Food Bank to donate the pies.

“It shows you that there are people that care,” Pullam said. “We’re still working on that message, making sure that every customer that comes in here understands where their dollar is going to.”

After they reach 10,000 pizzas, they aim to up that goal to 1 million pizzas given away.

“It’s an overwhelming feeling just seeing people coming in and enjoying the pizza,” Whitfield said.

Next, they plan to franchise BurnBox and open one of the first drive-thru pizza restaurants in the area early next year.

“Going to these communities and going in with that message of saying ‘everybody deserves to eat’ first, is the most important thing,” Whitfield said.

BurnBox Pizza is located at 36 Watkins Park Drive, Kettering, Maryland.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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