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Love Kitchen offers new twist on pizza delivery

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By Kelly Cantrall

Little Caesars was cooking up a little love Friday in Elizabethtown.

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The Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a pizza kitchen inside a truck, and the local Little Caesars franchise took care of the meal at Warm Blessings that evening. The Love Kitchen travels around the country helping with disaster relief efforts and serving pizzas at shelters and soup kitchens.

David Fox, a driver for Little Caesars, finds sites around the country and talks to franchises about providing food for those in need. Fox contacted Mike Fink, owner of the Elizabethtown store, about participating.

“We wanted to help,” Fink said.

Peggy Fink, Mike’s wife, said the franchise makes a lot of donations, especially to schools, and they put together volunteers and employees and brought supplies to make 50 pizzas to the Love Kitchen.

The truck includes everything needed to prepare the pies, including a walk-in cooler, a prep station and a double oven.

Peggy Reeves is Warm Blessings’ Friday night coordinator. She was happy with the number of people served that evening, which had reached about 50 after a half an hour.

“Everybody seems happy and we’ve got a really big turnout for it,” Reeves said.

The Love Kitchen program was created in 1985, and has been to a number of disaster areas since then, including Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 and tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia last year.

Fox said it’s great to see faces of those receiving a meal, and he’s seen patrons from all walks of life.

“I look at it, that it could be me one day,” he said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.