St. John Valley

Big Rick’s earns kudos for delivering nearly 600 pizzas to those in need

MADAWASKA, Maine — Big Rick’s Burgers and Wings in Madawaska received praise recently from state Sen. Troy Jackson for spearheading a project that has given away almost 600 pizzas to families in need in the Valley. 

The crusade to assist those struggling with the initial shutdown that COVID-19 brought began after Ricky Nadeau, owner of Big Rick’s, heard from a college buddy who wanted to pay it forward by funding $100 worth of pizzas to be given to members of the community.

Nadeau thanked his college friend and made a post on Facebook about his generosity. He decided to stretch the money as far as it would go and produced large one-topping pizzas — 10 to be exact — with the money that his friend donated, and put them up for grabs for whoever would come forward and ask for a pizza. 

The movement skyrocketed from that point until Big Rick’s had delivered 584 pizzas across the Valley — all funded by donations from people throughout the country. A total of $5,950 was donated in amounts from $10 to $100. 

Sen. Troy Jackson wrote a letter praising the restaurant establishment for its “creative solutions” in helping the community.  

“Big Rick’s [Burgers and Wings] didn’t do this for recognition, but was pleased and impressed to receive a letter like this thanking them for the good deed,” Nadeau said Monday.

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