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February 06, 2024

From Prison to Pizzeria: How Philly’s Best Pizza Joint is Fighting Mass Incarceration

In the premiere episode of FOOD HEROES, we visit Down North Pizza, the revolutionary Philly pizza joint that is changing lives and serving up a slice of social change. At Down North Pizza, the crust is thick, the signature sauce is spicy, and the staff is made up entirely of individuals who have spent time behind bars. Against the backdrop of Philadelphia’s high incarceration rates, owner Muhammad Abdul has made it his life's mission to reduce recidivism through employment, fair wages, and housing. We delve deep into the raw and often heartbreaking experiences of his team as they open up about their encounters with the prison system, and rely on their brotherhood to support one another through their shared experiences and mutual love of pizza. For more information on Down North Pizza:


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Welcome to FOOD HEROES, First We Feast's new documentary series that highlights the extraordinary individuals and trailblazing organizations using food as a catalyst for social change. By revolutionizing food culture in their own communities, these 'heroes' are inspiring positive change on a national level.