DETROIT - Sept. 1, 2017 // PRNewswire // - The Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a big-rig pizza kitchen on wheels, is on the road to the hurricane Harvey disaster area to feed victims and first responders affected by the storm and flooding. The truck has traveled throughout the country for almost 30 years providing hot meals to more than three million homeless, hungry and displaced families.
The Love Kitchen's first stop will be in San Antonio, Texas at the Freeman Coliseum, where Little Caesars franchisees and volunteers will serve pizza to up to 1,200 first responders on Saturday, September 2. Servings at this location will continue until at least Monday, September 4.
After serving first responders in San Antonio, the Love Kitchen will coordinate with other relief organizations to determine the best locations for the unit, maintaining continued and consistent support for the residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. Little Caesars franchisees are supporting efforts by supplying staff and services from their stores to man the truck, as well monetary donations to support the operation of the Love Kitchen.
"In the wake of the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, we must all come together as a company to support relief efforts," said Little Caesars President and CEO Dave Scrivano. "We are proud to work together with our local franchisees and company-owned stores to coordinate the vehicle, staff and food and to be there for the people in Texas when they need it most. With a disaster of this magnitude, we are all in this together and we're in it for the long haul."
The Love Kitchen got its start 1985. Since then, more than 3 million people have been served, with 151,415 in 2016 alone. The program has supported past events such as Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Sandy, the 2001 World Trade Center Attack, and recently, the wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn. All this work is accomplished with the support of Little Caesars franchisees who have volunteered their time in local communities.
Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, Little Caesars® is the largest carryout-only pizza chain in the United States1. Founded in 1959 as a single, family-owned restaurant, Little Caesars is the third largest pizza chain in the world2 with stores in 22 countries and territories worldwide, including in each of the 50 U.S. states.
Known for its HOT-N-READY® pizza and famed Crazy Bread®, Little Caesars has been named "Best Value in America" for ten years in a row3. Little Caesars products are made with quality ingredients, like fresh, never frozen, mozzarella and Muenster cheese, dough made fresh daily in the stores and sauce made from fresh-packed, vine-ripened California crushed tomatoes.
An exceptionally high growth company with more than 58 years of experience in the nearly $135 billion worldwide pizza industry, Little Caesars is continually looking for franchisee candidates to join our team in markets around the world. In addition to providing the opportunity for entrepreneurial independence in a franchise system, Little Caesars offers strong brand awareness with one of the most recognized and appealing characters in the country, Little Caesar.
1Largest carry-out only pizza chain in the US – based on net number of stores in 2016
2Third largest pizza chain in the world – based on net number of stores in 2016
3Highest-Rated Chain, Value for the Money" based on a nationwide survey of national quick-service restaurant consumers conducted by Sandelman & Associates 2007 – 2016.
SOURCE Little Caesars Pizza