LOUISVILLE, KY. – Papa John’s announced on Dec. 22 that it would extend an end-of-year bonus to approximately 14,000 front-line employees in the company’s corporate restaurants and supply chain. The total bonus will be $2.5 million.

“Never has Papa John’s growth and success depended on our team member’s hard work, steadfast dedication and commitment to safety as much as this year, said Rob Lynch, president and chief executive officer of Papa John’s. “In particular, our front-line workers in our restaurants and supply chain have been a constant source of positivity and commitment throughout this challenging year, enabling Papa John’s to deliver to millions of new and returning customers. To acknowledge their importance and express our deep appreciation, we are providing a special end-of-year bonus to team members in our corporate restaurants and QCCs.”

Papa John’s said that during the pandemic it provided targeted bonuses, incentives and crisis pay for some corporate restaurant and supply chain workers. Additionally, the company said it expanded health, wellness, paid time-off and college tuition benefits. Free virtual doctor visits were made available for corporate employees along with the mid and end-of-year bonuses.

The pizza chain said its corporate and franchised restaurants have hired over 30,000 new team members in 2020. Papa John’s also donated more than 500,000 pizzas to first responders, front-line workers and communities.