Local franchise owner Nathanael Palmer announced the partnership with 9 local elementary schools.
By Jacob Engels
It’s no secret that we here at the East Orlando Post are huge fans of Jet’s Pizza. As a child growing up in Michigan, I had the opportunity to enjoy Jet’s delicious offerings during my formative years.
Last year, we were happy to see them expand their southern operations with several Central Florida locations. Nathanael Palmer, who owns several Jet’s Pizza locations, including the one on East Colonial by the 408 entry, has been working to interact the community over the past year and introduce them to Jet’s.
During the final week of school, Palmer partnered with nine local elementary schools and provided teachers with over 7,000 certificates for free pizza for them to give to their students. The effort, backed by Jet’s education partners program, collaborated with businesses and community leaders to offset the cost of printing and distributing the certificates.
“We really want to be know as the pizzeria that cares, that goes out of its way to be a contributing member of our community. It’s amazing how something so simple as a free small pizza can really make a student smile. In a little over a week we’ve already had about 500 of the certificates turned in. As we participate in programs throughout the year we’re constantly looking for ways to be radically generous but on a very personal level,” said Palmer.
Pastor Caleb Wherli of a new East Orlando church, Victory Orlando, who was a sponsor of the certificates at several schools told us that collaborating with local businesses to make a difference is a key focus.
“What a great opportunity for us to partner within the community for something that can be such a blessing to these students and their families. We launched a new church that meets in a school, and we’re always looking for ways to can collaborate and be involved in the schools, and create tangible benefits to those in the communities around us.”
Through his other locations in the Tampa area, Palmer has distributed close to 11,000 free pizza certificates to students this year.
“Pizza should be fun,” says John Jetts. “If you’re eating one of our pizzas and you don’t have a smile on your face, then something is wrong.”
Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org