Stow nonprofits, restaurants report big numbers with Monday Meals

Krista S. Kano
Akron Beacon Journal
Dave Segen, the owner of Bellacino's, serves a pizza fresh out of the oven at the restaurant in Stow. Bellacino's participated in the first Monday Meals night in the city and saw big business that night.

Stow's Monday Meals program has already become a big success for the participating organizations and restaurants, leading to an extension of the delivery service into March. 

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Started earlier this month, Monday Meals allows Stow and Munroe Falls residents to support local organizations and nonprofits, as well as their favorite restaurants, by simply ordering delivery directly from the restaurant. 

Each Monday, one or two organizations delivers food for two Stow restaurants. The organizations keep the tips as a fundraiser, while the restaurant is able to keep all of its profits, as opposed to losing a portion to a delivery service like DoorDash. 

On Feb. 8, the inaugural Monday Meals, Stow Youth Football and Cheer raised $1,828 in tips by delivering Tavern of Stow and Bellacino's to Stow and Munroe Falls residents.

And on Feb. 15, Stow-Munroe Falls Athletic Boosters Club raised $1,400 by delivering Pancho & Lefty's and Altieri's Pizza.

Mayor John Pribonic said that all four restaurant owners also reported increased profits.

"We couldn't have asked for a better night from the community, both from our delivery drivers who came from the nonprofit and the outpouring of support from our community," Bellacino's owner Dave Segen said. "At one point our team was extremely pressed for trying to keep up with the orders, which is a good thing."

Bellacino's sales on its participating Monday were more on par with Friday or weekend numbers, Segen said, and "in our world, that's huge."

Monday Meals also was successful for Pancho & Lefty's, which does not typically offer delivery. 

"In a pre-Covid world, we're usually very busy for Margarita Mondays, but that's not the case now," said Julie Ferrusquia, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Rene. "It would have been an even slower Monday had we not had Monday Meals going on for sure."

Because of the success, more restaurants and organizations have signed up for Monday Meals. 

Stow-Munroe Falls Schools Orchestra and Rotary Club of Stow Munroe Falls recently signed up to deliver Corner Cup Coffeehouse and Stownut Donut and Diner on a special Saturday morning delivery on Feb. 27. 

Bulldog Bags Inc. also will deliver Brubaker's Pub and Tip Top Restaurant and Catering on March 1. 

This upcoming Monday, Stow-Munroe Falls Speech and Debate and Stow-Munroe Falls Band will deliver for The Cafe in Stow and Beef O' Brady's

Orders must go directly through the restaurant, rather than a delivery service such as DoorDash. For more information, visit

Reporter Krista S. Kano can be reached at 330-541-9416, or on Twitter @KristaKanoABJ.