Company Delivers Chocolate To Help Ease Fears Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Schools across the country are closed due to COVID-19, but that isn’t stopping some young people in New York state from contributing to their community. Connor Novak is a 16-year-old high school student working at his brother’s business Chocolate Pizza Company. Novak and his friends employed at the Central New York chocolatier founded a program called “Everyone Deserves Chocolate.” The business donates the chocolate and the students volunteer their time to make, package and distribute sweet treats to people in need.

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“My friends and I thought that if we could make some unique chocolate treats and donate them to our local food bank then we could make Easter a little nicer for less fortunate families."

During Uncertain Times, Everyone Deserves Chocolate
The program started by area high school students employed by Chocolate Pizza Company is delivering some sweet treats to those in need.

Schools across the country are closed due to COVID-19, but that isn’t stopping some young people in New York state from contributing to their community. Connor Novak is a 16-year-old high school student working at his brother’s business Chocolate Pizza Company.

Novak and his friends employed at the Central New York chocolatier founded a program called “Everyone Deserves Chocolate.” The business donates the chocolate and the students volunteer their time to make, package and distribute sweet treats to people in need.

Novak and team completed their first project handcrafting 250 swirled Easter eggs and solid chocolate bunnies on the Chocolate Pizza Company production floor to give to their local food banks.

According to Novak, the project is about bringing chocolate and community service together for families in need.

“We know it's just a small contribution but the food bank was excited to receive it and every little bit can help," he said. “My friends and I thought that if we could make some unique chocolate treats and donate them to our local food bank then we could make Easter a little nicer for less fortunate families."

Chocolate Pizza Co. owner Ryan Novak explains how unique this donation is because it puts something on the shelves of area food banks that people would not expect but really appreciate.

"When my younger brother approached me with the idea, I thought it would be an amazing idea for the company to support and something he and I could be part of together," Ryan Novak said.

"I started as a dishwasher when I was 15 years old and that work experience was important to me. I make a point to give young people a job and I find they are motivated, hard-working and always thinking of ways to help in the community."

To serve more residents in need, Chocolate Pizza Company will donate these Easter chocolates to two different area food banks. Novak and other participating students are already planning their next donation effort, Mother’s Day chocolate treats in May.

“We'd like to do this for other holidays too and plan to keep it active as a way to give back to our community," Novak said.

About Chocolate Pizza Company: This small town family-owned and operated chocolate shop in Syracuse, New York is becoming a national brand with recognition for its signature and trademarked Chocolate Pizza® and Peanut Butter Wings®. All confections are made in-store using gourmet Swiss-style chocolate. Established three decades ago, owner Ryan Novak has transformed the business into a premier chocolatier. Novak started with the company as a dishwasher at the age of 15 and by 21 years old, he made his dream a reality becoming the owner.

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