Dec. 14, 2011
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In recognition of Purdue's appearance in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and to help support the local community during the holiday season, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen provided fresh pizza meals for more than 400 people in need in Lafayette over the last two days.
With the help of three members of the Purdue football team, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen served community members at the Mental Health America of Tippecanoe on Tuesday and at St. Matthew's Care & Share Soup Kitchen today.
Junior center Peters Drey, sophomore defensive tackle Ryan Isaac and junior defensive end Robert Maci represented the Boilermakers.
"Having our very own Purdue Boilermakers in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl is really exciting," said Bill Zhmendak, local Little Caesars Pizza franchisee in Lafayette. "Little Caesars is a company dedicated to giving back, so we thought a perfect way to recognize the Boilermakers' appearance in the bowl game was to serve area shelters with the Love Kitchen."
Established in 1985, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen is a big-rig pizza kitchen on wheels. It travels across the continental United States and Canada meeting the needs of the hungry, the homeless and disaster victims. It has fed more than two million people in 48 states and four Canadian provinces.
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 their time over the years to support the program in their local communities.
"It's important for us to support and give back to the communities where we do business. We are looking forward to working with our franchisees to provide a hot pizza meal to those in need in Lafayette," said David Scrivano, Little Caesars Pizza President & CEO, and board member for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
The Boilermakers are back in postseason play and will take on Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at beautiful Ford Field in Detroit on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET.
In conjunction with the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, the Purdue Athletics Department has set up a program where fans can purchase tickets to be donated if their holiday schedule does not permit them to attend the game. All donated tickets will be distributed to military members or underprivileged children.
In addition, Boilermaker Nation can help defray the cost of sending the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band and/or the Reamer Club to the game.
To take part in either initiative or to purchase tickets (priced at $45) to attend the game, click here, call 494-3194 or 800-49-SPORT, or visit the Athletic Ticket Office Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The John Purdue Club, Purdue Alumni Association and Purdue University have partnered to create an Official Purdue Bowl Tour. For more information, click here or call the Bowl Tour hotline at 888-471-3032.