‘Love Kitchen’ 18 wheeler coming to Bay Area Rescue Mission

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‘Love Kitchen’ 18 wheeler coming to Bay Area Rescue Mission
Photo from a past visit by the Love Kitchen courtesy of the Bay Area Rescue Mission.

By Kathy Chouteau

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen—a full-scale pizza kitchen on 18 wheels—will roll into Richmond’s Bay Area Rescue Mission (BARM) Tues., Feb. 15 to serve up some fresh hot pizza love to people experiencing homelessness and others in need.

The Love Kitchen will park in front of BARM, 200 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond, at 9:30 a.m., when it will kick off the pizza-making and keep its creations warm until served to shelter guests at 11 a.m., and later outside the shelter at noon, to “any hungry person in the community,” per Little Caesars. Love Kitchen chefs expect to serve two free slices of pizza, along with pasta salad prepared in BARM’s kitchen, to approximately 100 people.

Little Caesars said it’s vibrantly-colored, semi tractor-trailer rig traverses the nation to serve fresh pizza to “guests of soup kitchens, homeless shelters and to victims and first responders of major disasters.” The Love Kitchen visiting BARM Tuesday is one of two in the US; it will be its fourth time visiting the nonprofit that provides food, shelter and other services to impoverished men, women and children.

According to Lisa Ruthven from Little Caesar’s corporate office, since launching the program in 1985, they’ve “served pizza to more than 3.7 million people who were struggling in one way or another.”

BARM Chef Chris Dykes said people are always excited to see the huge orange truck parked in front of the mission and that their enjoyment stretches beyond the great pizza. “The Love Kitchen shows our struggling neighbors that others in the community care about them.”

Learn more about the work of BARM here.