'Dine Out For Autism' At Fresh Brothers in April
Apr 12, 2016 01:35PM ● Published by Jeanne Fratello
The Fresh Brothers fundraiser is part of "Dine Out for Autism," a nationwide effort to support "Light It Up Blue" initiatives during Autism Awareness month and throughout the year to raise awareness and funds in support of people affected by autism.
“We decided to partner with Autism Speaks because many of our customers have kids who are autistic and their kids eat gluten-free. It was kind of a natural fit for us," said Adam Goldberg, CEO and founder of Fresh Brothers. "The organization does a lot of great work on behalf of the autism community and we wanted to give back in a meaningful way during Autism Awareness Month.”
Fresh Brothers' goal is to raise $10,000. The pizza chain, started in Manhattan Beach in 2008, now has 12 locations throughout Southern California. They have an extensive gluten-free menu, featuring pizza, salads, wings, and chicken tenders.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 1 in 68 American children (1 in 42 boys) as on the autism spectrum - a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. It affects more than 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of million worldwide. There is no medical detection or "cure" for autism, and it is expected to cost families of a child with autism an
average of $60,000 per year.
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.