Papa Murphy's and City of Santa Ana Team Up for Inaugural "Love Santa Ana" City-Wide Initiative to Support Edward B. Cole, Sr. Academy

Company Partners with Councilman David Benavides, the City of Santa Ana and the faith based community to Bring Families Together through Food, People and Love

Event to Feature Neighborhood Beautification Projects, Back-to-School Carnival and Signature Papa Murphy's Pizza

VANCOUVER, Wash. and SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) the world's leading take 'n' bake pizza franchise, announced today the company will help host the inaugural "Love Santa Ana" initiative in Santa Ana, California on Sunday, September 21. The city-wide initiative is designed to bring families together, foster a sense of community pride throughout Santa Ana's neighborhoods and benefit Edward B. Cole, Sr. Academy.

"Papa Murphy's is proud to be part of the 'Love Santa Ana' event and support Edward B. Cole, Sr. Academy as it continues to provide a positive learning environment that engages and inspires both students and parents," said Papa Murphy's CEO Ken Calwell. "Serving with purpose is core to our brand and we are pleased to be able to bring families together through food people love while supporting this great cause and lending our hands and resources to ensure these children have the educational tools and resources needed to succeed."

Papa Murphy's, along with the city of Santa Ana, Councilman David Benavides and several community churches, will team up to host "Love Santa Ana," a day of celebration for the local community and school. As part of this event, Papa Murphy's employees, franchise owners and supply partners will volunteer alongside 600-1000 students, families and residents to help beautify the neighborhood through various projects and participate in a back-to-school kick-off carnival. In addition, Papa Murphy's will donate much needed back-to-school supplies and serve fresh pizza at the event.

"At Edward B. Cole, Sr. Academy, we strive to empower the community through positive relationships, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Papa Murphy's for the 'Love Santa Ana' event," said Mr. J.G. Norton, M.S. Ed. & M.A. Ed., Director and Principal of Edward B. Cole, Sr. Academy. "We look forward to working with Papa Murphy's to engage the residents of Santa Ana and create a visible pillar in the community for matters both in the classroom and beyond the bell."

"This is the first in a series of quarterly events to promote good works in the Santa Ana area. It is exciting to kick-off this initiative that will have an immediate positive impact on our community," said Councilman David Benavides.

Edward B. Cole, Sr. Academy, a public charter elementary school, opened its doors with 89 students in 2003, and today is preparing to welcome over 400 students for the 2014/2015 school year, despite the high levels of poverty and immigration that have placed the city of Santa Ana under distress. EBC Academy has established itself as an essential academic element of the Santa Ana community, where the school day is more than just the instruction of the student, but an innovative avenue of change.

About The Edward B. Cole Academy

Edward B. Cole, Sr. Academy is a K-5 charter school designed to meet the educational needs of a community consisting predominately of non-English speaking, low income, and Latino families. The Vision, Mission and Expected Schoolwide Learning Results target a community needing both support and opportunities to make necessary changes that will enable them to become 21 century learners. Empowering the community through positive relationships where EBC Academy now has become a resource and a visible pillar for matters beyond the "Bell". At EBC Academy, the teachers and staff members are actively visible in the community and strive to provide an educational environment that is both safe and professional. Our teaching staff are dedicated to providing the best educational experience to our students and they prepare lessons that encourage students to set high goals for themselves as well as assist students in attaining those goals. For more information, visit

About Papa Murphy's

Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRSH) is a franchisor and operator of the largest Take 'N' Bake pizza chain in the United States, selling uncooked pizzas that customers bake at home. The Company was founded in 1981 and currently operates over 1,400 franchised and corporate-owned fresh pizza stores in 38 States, Canada and United Arab Emirates. Papa Murphy's core purpose is to bring all families together through food people love with a goal to create fun, convenient and fulfilling family dinners. In addition to scratch-made pizzas, the Company offers a growing menu of grab 'n' go items, including salads, sides and desserts. For more information, visit Find Papa Murphy's on Facebook at

CONTACT: Papa Murphy's Media Contact: Jessica Liddell, ICR 203-682-8200

Source:Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc.