The Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a big-rig pizza kitchen on wheels, has hit the road to the Hurricane Harvey disaster area to feed victims and first responders affected by the storm and flooding. This truck-trailer rig has traveled throughout the nation for almost 30 years providing hot meals to more than three million homeless, hungry and displaced families.
The Love Kitchen’s first stop was San Antonio TX at the Freeman Coliseum, where Little Caesars franchisees and volunteers served pizza to up to 1,200 first responders on September 2.
After serving first responders in San Antonio, the Love Kitchen plans to coordinate with other relief organizations to determine the best locations for the unit, maintaining continued and consistent support for 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 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 Dave Scrivano, Little Caesars president and CEO. “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 three million people have been served, with 151,415 in 2016 alone. The program has assisted in past events such as Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Sandy; the 2001 World Trade Center attack; and the recent wildfires in Gatlinburg TN.
Headquartered in Detroit MI, Little Caesars is the largest carryout-only pizza chain in the United States. Founded in 1959 as a single, family-owned restaurant, Little Caesars is the third-largest pizza chain in the world with stores in 22 nations and territories worldwide, including in each of the 50 US states.