BRADENTON -- Pizza! Pizza! The Little Caesars slogan takes on added meaning Wednesday and Thursday for needy folks served by Our Daily Bread and Salvation Army, respectively.
The Little Caesars Love Kitchen will bring fresh pizza for about 600 people in need as part of a nationwide endeavor.
They'll be at the Salvation Army, 1204 14th St. W., 5 p.m. Wednesday and at Our Daily Bread, 1701 18th Ave. W., 10 a.m. Thursday.
Whether it's sausage, pepperoni or plain, free pizza -- doesn't matter.
"We'll be happy to have whatever they want to share with us," said Salvation Army official Christine Smith. "What's cool is it's a program we didn't realize they had, but it's a partnership we're excited about. It's nice for 250 who come to our regular nightly community meal to have something they wouldn't normally have. It's a fun thing and we'd love to do it with Little Caesars again."
Our Daily Bread officials weren't available for comment Tuesday.
The Little Caesars Love Kitchen was established in 1985 and has fed more than 2 million people in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. It has also responded to disasters, including:
East Coast and Gulf Coast hurricanes;
World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2011; and
Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing in 1995.
"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 Inc. "As a family company, 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 Bradenton who need assistance."
Local Little Caesars franchise owners and company regional offices donate all food and labor costs for the Love Kitchen servings. An estimated 50,000 Little Caesars franchise owners and employees have volunteered over the years to support the program.
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