Little Caesars in Detroit has announced it will donate and deliver a million pizzas to health care workers and first responders across the country over the coming weeks. The pizzas will be donated to hospitals, police departments, and fire departments and will continue to be delivered throughout the following weeks.
The nationwide outreach kicks off today at the Detroit Medical Center, an area that has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 virus in recent weeks.
The pizzas could account for up to 4 million meals. The donation is made possible by Little Caesars, its independent franchisees and their locally owned stores, and Ilitch Charities, a non-profit that positively impact lives and empower communities.
“Hospital staff and first responders are working around the clock to help keep us safe and healthy, and they are true heroes,” says Dave Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars. “As a family company, we want to thank all of them in the best way we know how — by delivering a wholesome meal.”
Starting next Monday, April 13, when customers use the Little Caesars app or order on LittleCaesars.com, they will also have the opportunity to “Pie it Forward” by donating a pizza to their nearby hospitals, police, and fire departments at checkout. The customer-donated pizzas will be served locally by Little Caesars franchisees during the weeks that follow.
Little Caesars recently announced contactless options for both delivery and carry-out through the Little Caesars app. Pizzas are baked in 475-degree ovens to ensure food safety and never touched after baking.
Little Caesars was founded by Mike and Marian Ilitch in 1959 as a single, family-owned restaurant. Today, Little Caesars is the third largest pizza chain in the world, with stores in each of the 50 U.S. states and 26 countries and territories.