UNO's® and PIZZAS 4 PATRIOTS SEND 10,000 PIZZAS TO AFGHANISTAN FOR SUPER BOWLJanuary 12, 2012
OPERATION NOT FORGOTTEN BRINGS A SLICE OF HOME TO OUR TROOPS
Boston, MA (Thursday, January 12, 2012) - Dubbed Operation Not Forgotten, UNO's® (www.unos.com) and non-profit organization Pizzas 4 Patriots [P4P] plan to dish out 10,000 pizzas to U.S. service men and women in Afghanistan on America's largest pizza eating day of the year - Super Bowl Sunday.
"With the passing of time, some Americans have shifted their attention from the conflicts thousands of miles away, but our troops are still there and we never, ever want to forget them," said Frank Guidara, CEO of UNO's and veteran. "UNO can show its appreciation by sending them a taste from home, namely a deep-dish pizza. And we know it means a great deal to the troops - especially those that are in forward positions without the comforts of home available to them."
UNO's has supported Pizzas 4 Patriots in shipping over 70,000 pizzas to our troops at various times of the year since 2009. (That translates to over 560,000 slices served to more than 280,000 soldiers.) As in past years, the pizzas will be delivered by DHLExpress (www.dhl-usa.com), the world's leading international express shipping provider.
PIZZAS 4 PATRIOTS is an effort conceived by Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Mark Evans and his teenage son Kent (of Elk Grove, IL), and has provided pizza to thousands of service men and women at bases throughout the world.
"We're thrilled to continue partnering with UNO's to provide our troops in Afghanistan with delicious deep dish pizza in time for the Super Bowl," said Evans. "For many of our troops, the winter can be long and hard over there, and they look forward to the best football game of the season. Helping them to enjoy it with UNO's deep dish pizza is a great way for us to say 'thank you."
"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. service men and women to ensure they know they are not forgotten by friends, family and Americans at home."
UNO's has made support of our troops - active or retired - and their families a consistent focus, whether donating pizzas to local VA Hospitals, offering major discounts for Military Appreciation weeks or helping to raise funds for organizations that support our men and women in uniform," noted Guidara. "We want to reach every soldier down to 'the last person' and let them know how thankful we are."
About Pizzas 4 Patriots:
Pizzas 4 Patriots is a non-profit organization with the mission of making a positive difference in the lives of our service men and women. We proudly support those patriots presently serving, as well as our wounded Veterans. It is our goal to provide our Armed Forces with these special gifts from home. We have been fortunate to receive donations, ranging from financial to products and services, from individuals, families, corporations, and other organizations, all wanting to show appreciation for the sacrifice of our brave troops. Our goal is to bring a little bit of home to the troops, and show them that they are supported by the country and residents who enjoy the freedoms that they provide for us. For more information on our programs, please visit: www.Pizzas4Patriots.com.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes 150 company-owned and franchised restaurants located in 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Uno's mission is to deliver intensely flavorful, delicious and nutritious food in an environment of heartfelt hospitality, and was named America's Healthiest Chain Restaurant by Health magazine. The Company also operates fast casual Uno Dué Go cafés, a quick service concept called Uno Express and Uno Foods, a consumer packaged foods business which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotels, airports, travel plazas, schools and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and Uno branded products. For more information, visit www.unos.com.
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