For the third year in a row, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen rolled onto the campus of Martha’s Village and Kitchen to serve hot pizza to hundreds of impoverished and homeless individuals and families in the Coachella Valley. The company’s crew made the pizzas in the Martha’s Village and Kitchen’s parking lot. The crew worked inside of the mobile cooking site, equipped with ovens and a walk in cooler. Martha’s Village and Kitchen’s staff and volunteers prepared and served salad, vegetables and desserts to supplement the meal. The Little Caesars staff brought joy to everyone as they served the meals alongside of MVK staff and volunteers.
A Long History Of Helping
Established by Little Caesars in 1985, The Love Kitchen is a pizza kitchen on wheels that travels across the continental United States and Canada. The goal of the Love Kitchen is to meet the needs of the hungry, the homeless, and disaster survivors. The Love Kitchen has fed more than 3 million people in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. It has also responded to disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes. The Love Kitchen also responded at the site of the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the 1995 Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. Love Kitchen Operator, Ben Southern said, “I am one of those people who feels like every company should give back to their community. For 3 years, I have been in this position with the company. I am proud to do this work. I get to work with fun new people and staff from their community. Little Caesars knows it is important to give back to the community.”
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. Area Supervisor for Indio, Coachella and Palm Desert, Emmanuel Sanchez said, “This event means a lot to me because when I was young, I wanted to be a chef. I wanted to be a chef because I feel food brings people together. Taking a bite of food can bring a smile to a person’s face and that’s why I love doing this.”
Traveling Far To Help The Impoverished and Homeless
This year, Little Caesars staff member Joanna Moreno, traveled all the way from Highland to experience the event held at Martha’s Village and Kitchen. She said, “I had fun, it was like we were a little family working together. We are all from different places.” David Lopez, a Coachella Valley employee echoed, “This was the best volunteer experience ever!”
“We are so grateful to the Little Caesars for selecting Martha’s Village and Kitchen as the site for their wonderful donation of time, food, and love. It means so much to our clients, and it is such a positive boost for the community as a whole,” said Stephanie Minor, Executive Vice President of Martha’s Village and Kitchen.
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