Pizzas 4 Patriots is teaming up with DHL Express, the world’s leading international express shipping provider, and UNO, the inventor of deep-dish pizza, to dish out 10,000 pizzas to U.S. servicemen and servicewomen on Super Bowl Sunday, the largest pizza-eating day of the year for Americans.
With DHL Express donating its global express shipping network for the non-profit organization, Pizzas 4 Patriots will send enough of Chicago’s Original Deep Dish Pizza to feed more than 30,000 service men and women.
“Although a significant draw-down of U.S. troops continues in Iraq, more than 100,000 service men and women are serving heroically in Afghanistan,” said Ret. Master Sergeant Mark Evans, founder of Pizzas 4 Patriots. “We need to let U.S.troops serving thousands of miles away know that Americans at home still remember they are there and deeply appreciate their service to our country.”
This week, the Chicago-style pizzas packed in temperature-cooled containers will depart the U.S. via a DHL Express direct flight to the Middle East. Once in Afghanistan, the shipment will be distributed to Camp Bastion, Bagram Airbase and Kandahar as well as various Forward Operating Bases in the country. DHL Express will provide door-to-door, final mile delivery for the distribution, working closely with the U.S. military to ensure the pizzas are delivered fresh and ready to heat and serve at various military bases.
“Our partnership with Pizzas 4 Patriots is part of our ongoing efforts to support our troops and honor our U.S. service men and women,” said Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “We’re extremely honored to leverage our international network, global reach and expertise to bring a special ‘slice’ of home to U.S. servicemen and women to ensure they know they are not forgotten by friends, family and Americans at home.”
Since 2008, Pizzas 4 Patriots has worked with DHL Express to send more than 70,000 pizzas in support of U.S.military personnel overseas.
“With the passing of time, some Americans have shifted their attention away from the conflicts thousands of miles away, but our troops are still there and we never, ever, want to forget them,” said UNO’s CEO Frank Guidara, also a veteran. “Sending them a taste of home, namely a deep dish pizza, is a way for us to show our appreciation.”
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