Little Caesars® Love Kitchen® To Serve Free Pizza In Hometown Of Detroit
DETROIT - Feb. 19, 2018 // PRNewswire // - The Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a big-rig pizza kitchen on wheels, is on the road and will be rolling into Detroit, the hometown of Little Caesars, to serve pizza to those in need in the community. The Little Caesars Love Kitchen will host nine servings and feed approximately 1,700 people throughout a nine-day visit, which began Friday, February 16, at Mitch Albom's charity, the S.A.Y Detroit Play Center. Best-selling author, columnist, and radio and television commentator Mitch Albom will be on hand to help at the first serving.
The Love Kitchen travels across the continental United States and Canada delivering free slices of pizza to homeless, hungry and displaced families. Little Caesars partners and franchisees are necessary to coordinate and staff the vehicle, volunteering labor and food costs. Over the past 23 years, 50,000 franchise owners and employees have volunteered their time to the Love Kitchen's efforts.
Both Little Caesars corporate colleagues and local store employees will assist with the serving, making the event an all-out community-based effort. From Friday, February 16 to Saturday, February 24, the Love Kitchen will host servings at multiple Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries locations, including Genesis House II and III, Christian Guidance Center, Oasis, Veteran's Transitional Housing and Men's Emergency Shelter, followed by the Michigan Veterans Foundation.
"We know that it's important to reach out to the communities where we do business and help make a difference," said David Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars. "It's crucial to do so in Detroit, where we are proud to be headquartered. It is very rewarding to work with fellow Detroiters, as well as local charities and organizations, to make sure we give back to this community as much as we can."
"Feeding those in need has long been an important issue to me in my own charity work, particularly for the homeless in Detroit," said Mitch Albom, author and founder of S.A.Y. Detroit. "Wiping out hunger requires that we all work together, and Little Caesars is making enormous strides toward that goal. I'm honored to join them in serving those in need."
The Love Kitchen got its start in 1985. Since then, more than 3 million people have been served. In addition to serving the hungry and homeless, they have provided relief to hundreds of thousands of victims and rescue workers of disasters including Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Sandy, the 2001 World Trade Center Attack, and recently, the wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn. In 2017 alone, the Love Kitchen fed 147,275 people and stopped in more than 150 cities.
Little Caesars has been giving back since opening our first store in 1959. The Little Caesars Love Kitchen reflects our strong belief and business philosophy that giving back and making a difference is something we can all do.
About Little Caesars Pizza®
Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, Little Caesars® is the largest carryout-only pizza chain in the United States**. Founded in 1959 as a single, family-owned restaurant, Little Caesars® has become the third largest pizza chain in the world*** with stores in 23 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 row****. 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.
**Largest carry-out only pizza chain in the US – based on net number of stores in 2016
***Third largest pizza chain in the world – based on net number of stores in 2016
****Highest-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 Caesar Enterprises, Inc.