Epic Fun entertainment center has been shuttered since mid-March, but that hasn’t stopped it from continuing to serve the community. Every Friday for the past eight weeks, employees have been handing out free pizzas in the parking lot to anyone in need.
"It's something we have the ability to do, so why wouldn’t we do it?" said Epic Fun owner Stacy Eppen. "People just come, no questions asked."
Since mid-March, Epic Fun has distributed more than 530 pizzas. The pizzas are available in cheese or pepperoni and are handed out between 2-4 p.m. every Friday in the Epic Fun parking lot, 7101 W. Highway 71, Suite D. Eppen said she’s met a variety of grateful customers, from hungry families to immunocompromised couples to individuals picking up pies for homebound neighbors.
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"I’ve had people say, ’We don’t have a whole lot of money, so being able to come and get pizza is the highlight of the week for our kids,’" Eppen said. "It makes me happy that we're able to do this."
Epic Fun, a family entertainment center that’s typically bustling with activities such as bumper cars, axe throwing, a ropes course and laser tag, will likely still be closed when it celebrates its two-year anniversary May 10. Despite the closure, Eppen said it’s been an honor to serve the community during this crisis. She added that Epic Fun’s food distributors such as US Foods have stepped up in recent weeks to donate product for its Friday pizzas, and community members have made donations as well.
"We don't know what the future holds, but for as long as we can, we're going to try to do our best to show our love. It's just a blessing for us to be able to do this, and it's an example I want to show my kids," Eppen said. "As long as we have the ability to give away pizzas, we’re going to continue to do that. We’ll be ready."