Pizzas 4 Patriots, DHL deliver pizzas to troops

Jan. 29, 2013
Pizzas 4 Patriots is partnering with DHL Express to quarterback the special delivery of 21,000 pizzas to US servicemen and servicewomen for February 3, Super Bowl Sunday.

Pizzas 4 Patriots is partnering with international express shipping provider DHL Express to quarterback the special delivery of 21,000 pizzas to US servicemen and servicewomen for February 3, Super Bowl Sunday—America’s biggest day of the year for eating pizza.

With DHL Express donating the services of its global express shipping network to the non-profit organization, Pizzas 4 Patriots will be able to send enough deep-dish pizza to feed every soldier stationed in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

“Since 2008, we have had the pleasure of providing our brave US servicemen and women overseas with the most delicious, authentic ‘slices of home,’ letting them know we care and we are thinking of them,” said Ret Master Sergeant Mark Evans, founder of Pizzas 4 Patriots. “While our soldiers’ presence in the Middle East continues to become smaller, they still need to know that we appreciate the sacrifices they make for us, our families, and our country.”

The DHL Express team will be packing and loading all 21,000 ready-to-bake, Chicago-style pizzas from Illinois-based Great Kitchens into DHL cargo jets and shipping them to troops stationed at several military bases across Afghanistan and Kuwait. A send-off event hosted by Illinois Gov Pat Quinn is scheduled for January 29 at 10 am at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago.

“While we can never do enough to honor the many sacrifices our men and women in uniform make, we should make every effort to show our appreciation,” Quinn said. “I want to thank DHL Express and Pizzas 4 Patriots for their extraordinary effort in giving our troops the chance to enjoy the game with the food they grew up with.”

Once in the Middle East, the shipment will be distributed to Camp Bastion, Bagram Airbase, and Kandahar—all in Afghanistan—as well as Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and various forward operating bases in both nations. DHL Express will provide door-to-door, final delivery for the distribution, working closely with the US military to ensure the pizzas are delivered fresh and ready at the military bases.

Since 2008, Pizzas 4 Patriots has worked with DHL Express to send more than 122,000 pizzas in support of US military personnel overseas.

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