Papa Johns Looks to Help Relieve Hunger Through Sales of Its Shaq-a-Roni Pizza

The fan-favourite pizza makes its Canadian return and is looking to give back in a big way

EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Papa Johns announced today the limited-time return of its popular Shaq-a-Roni pizza in Canada, developed in partnership with board member, franchisee and former basketball superstar, Shaquille O’Neal.

The extra-large pizza with a purpose is back for its fourth year. Today through December 31st, 2023, $1 from every Shaq-a-Roni sold will go to the Canadian food rescue program Second Harvest. Every dollar will supply three healthy meals to people and agencies in need.

Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada. Dedicated to eliminating both hunger and food waste, Second Harvest locates surplus food in communities across the country and, through its food recovery network, redirects it towards communities who need it most.

“I’m proud of the impact the Shaq-a-Roni has made in Canada,” said Shaquille O’Neal, basketball Hall of Famer and Papa Johns board member and franchisee. “Papa Johns’ partnership with Second Harvest brings the tough realities of food insecurity into the conversation, and I’m happy that donations from the Shaq-a-Roni has helped rescue and resource more than 173,000 meals directly to non-profits and charities across the country.”

Papa Johns is looking to make that impact even bigger this year. The Shaq-a-Roni is available today country-wide for $21.99 and will be offered for a limited time.

The Shaq-a-Roni pizza features an extra-large pizza made with Papa Johns’ fresh, never frozen, original dough covered in extra cheese and extra pepperoni, baked to perfection and cut into eight slices.

Fans can order the Shaq-a-Roni at

About Papa Johns
Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) (“Papa Johns”) opened its doors in 1984 with one goal in mind: BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA.® Papa Johns believes that using high quality ingredients leads to superior quality pizzas. Its original dough is made of only six ingredients and is fresh, never frozen. Papa Johns tops its pizzas with real cheese made from mozzarella, pizza sauce made with vine-ripened tomatoes that go from vine to can in the same day and meat free of fillers. It was the first national pizza delivery chain to announce the removal of artificial flavors and synthetic colors from its entire food menu. Papa Johns is co-headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. and Louisville, Ky. and is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company with more than 5,700 restaurants in approximately 50 countries and territories. For more information about the Company or to order pizza online, visit or download the Papa Johns mobile app for iOS or Android.


Michelle Philippe
Communications Manager, Brand PR & Campaigns
Papa John’s International

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