Man Feeds Homeless With 'Random Acts of Pasta'

He bought a $100 all-you-can-eat Olive Garden pass, gave meals away
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Man Feeds Homeless With 'Random Acts of Pasta'
Olive Garden's “Never Ending Pasta Pass." The Italian-themed chain let 1,000 people pay $100 for the pass that gave them unprecedented free reign to its pasta.   (AP Photo/Darden Restaurants)

A man in Ogden, Utah, was among 1,000 people who bought Olive Garden's 7-Week $100 Never Ending Pasta cards this fall, and he managed to use it 125 times—but hardly any pasta went to himself, reports the Deseret News. Matt Tribe confirmed with the restaurant chain that it was OK to use his card on takeout orders, and proceeded to pick up pasta and deliver it to others. "It was one of the most fun and fulfilling things I've ever done," he writes.

It started out with family and friends, but Tribe so enjoyed the experience that he began handing out pasta to strangers, including homeless people and random passers-by, reports He called it Random Acts of Pasta, and started a blog documenting his experience. Over the course of the seven weeks, Tribe says he got as many as nine meals in one day and visited a total of 11 Olive Gardens. (The chain calls its unlimited breadstick policy "Italian generosity.")

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