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MOD Pizza Partners With The Jed Foundation To Prevent Teen Suicide

In the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 35. MOD Pizza, a chain brand with locations in Parkland and Coral Springs, has a connection to that unfortunate fact.

Isaac, a local boy in Naperville, Illinois, had a very special relationship with his local MOD Pizza employees. Isaac also committed suicide.

After receiving a letter from Isaac’s family, MOD felt compelled to create its newest seasonal pizza, appropriately called the Isaac Pizza. MOD has partnered with The Jed Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps prevent teen suicide. 

The Parkland and Coral Springs locations are participating in the initiative and is offering the Isaac Pizza to shine a light on teen suicide and mental health. The pizza will be available at locations nationwide until Oct. 1.

The Isaac Pizza features an olive oil base, topped with garlic, ricotta cheese, sliced red onions and roasted red tomatoes. It is finished with a swirl of balsamic vinaigrette and topped with fresh basil.

MOD has promised to donate at least $50,000 to support JED’s programs and initiatives. The story of Isaac, as told by MOD co-founder Ally Svenson, in a letter written by Jenn Pedley, Isaac’s mother, can be viewed at modpizza.com/isaac.

If you or anyone you know is having thoughts of suicide, we encourage you to text “Hello” to 741-741, or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). To learn more about mental health issues, visit jedfoundation.org/help.

2702 N. University Drive, Coral Springs; 954.906.5081; modpizza.com/locations/coral-springs

7171 N. State Road 7, Parkland; 754.812.1192; modpizza.com/locations/parkland

Photo courtesy of MOD Pizza

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