Does your kid love pizza and need something for lunch this summer? Come here and eat for free!

It warms our hearts to see local businesses give back in any way they can to the community. We know it isn't always easy for them in today's economy, but the little things make a huge difference.


No Kids Hungry Campaign

Franco's Pizza in Ilion is back once again this year with their favorite promotion of the summer. Starting on Monday, June 26th, they are offering hungry kids in Central New York a free lunch. It's all part of their annual 'No Kids Hungry Campaign'.

Our community is super important to us, especially our younger generation! If you know of a kid home on lunch, send them down to see us! We've gotcha covered!

What does the lunch include? Kids can get a slice, a bag of chips, and a drink... all thanks to the amazing people at Franco's. It's always a success! So many kids in the Mohawk Valley walk away with a full belly and a big smile on their face.

Past Hurdles

Even when a company is offering something sweet, there are always the sour bunches that try to ruin it.

Credit - Franco's Pizza of Ilion via Facebook
Credit - Franco's Pizza of Ilion via Facebook

Last August, Franco's Pizza released several photos of their bathroom that was vandalized by several customers during the event. But according to the owners, the damages didn't stop there.

We have had several issues. Spraying juice boxes all over the bathroom, changing the thermostat and stealing the buttons so we couldn’t adjust the temperature, stealing items from our dining area, stealing food, deliberately throwing trash on the floor, hacking into our sound system, swearing, vaping…the list could go on.

Luckily for everyone else, Franco's is graciously bringing back the free lunches for this year. But it should be known, one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. Be grateful for what this business is offering, and let's teach our kids to respect everyone. Especially those offering something as amazing as this.

Here's 7 New York State Pizza Shops That Were Declared The Very Best In America

Yelp updates its list of the Top 100 Pizza Spots in the United States every year. New York State didn't land Number One on the list, but we did get 7 different shoutouts. Here's a look at those 7 New York State pizzeria's that made the magical pizza list:

11 Delicious New York State Pizza Challenges You Need To Try

If you love eating pizza, and you have a pretty big stomach, have you ever considered taking part in a pizza eating competition? You should check out some of these pizza eating challenges scattered all over New York State.

New York State's Craziest Pizzas From Krave It

New York is truly the pizza capital of the world. Here in Upstate and Central New York, our pizza beats even the classics of New York City. Where can you find the craziest pizza or crazy pizza toppings in New York State? 

The team at Cheapsim set out on a food quest like no other- to find some of the most unusual pizzas in America for their list of “The Craziest Pizzas in Every State.” If you want to sample New York States, you'll have to make the trip to New York City, specifically Bayside New York.

Krave It Sandwich Shop and Eatery is located at 40-15 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361. You can check out their menu online. We wanted to highlight some of their dishes here for you:

23 Underrated Places To Order Upside Down Utica Pizza At

When you go to order this pizza, where do you generally order from? To expand your horizons from the two amazing spots listed above, we dove deep into social media. On all sorts of local food group pages, we asked the simple question: Other than O'Scugnizzos or Joes, what are some top underrated places to get Upside down pizza at?

Here's a list of 23 underrated upside down pizza places to check out:

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