Pizzas 4 Patriots is teaming up with the world's leading international express shipping provider, DHL Express, to quarterback the special delivery of 21,000 pizzas to U.S. servicemen and servicewomen on 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 U.S. 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 the troops stationed at several military bases across Afghanistan and Kuwait. A send off event hosted by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled for January 29 at 10:00 a.m. 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," Governor 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 countries. DHL Express will provide door-to-door, final delivery for the distribution, working closely with the U.S. military to ensure the pizzas are delivered fresh and ready at the various military bases.
"We are honored to leverage our global network, so U.S. troops can enjoy a taste of home this Super Bowl Sunday," said Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express U.S. "We are fortunate to have an experienced, committed staff that truly understands the intricacies of international shipping. While DHL Express handles urgent shipments like this across borders every day, I know our teams are working extra hard to ensure the pizzas arrive fresh and in excellent condition."
Since 2008, Pizzas 4 Patriots has worked with DHL Express to send more than 122,000 pizzas in support of U.S. military personnel overseas.