• Pizza place now serving on Sundays to raise money for charity

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JACKSON, Miss. -- Since March, Stefano Capomazza, co-owner of Old Venice Pizza Co., has run his business only six days a week. Now he's adding a seventh -- Sunday -- to help raise funds to fight poverty.

"Since this is the Lord's day, we decided to give back to the community in some way," Capomazza told the Clarion-Ledger. Some 10 to 20 percent of profits from every Sunday's sales will be donated to Stewpot Community Services. "I found that it (Stewpot) was a good cause and a lot of our employees worked there when they were younger."

Stewpot operates three shelters, a food pantry, a clothing closet, a summer camp and an after-school program.

Dexter Branscome, director of in-kind donations for Stewpot, said the organization serves between 200 and 400 meals daily at each of its four shelters.

"Extra money is going to help us acquire some of the things like meats we have to purchase," Branscome said. "So, this is a blessing, and I love it."

Capomazza said Old Venice also is planning a crawfish boil fund-raiser to benefit Stewpot next summer. In addition to its Jackson store, there are two more Old Venices in Oxford and Starkville.

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