Little Caesar’s ‘Love Kitchen’ to return to Bay Area Rescue Mission

Little Caesar’s 'Love Kitchen' to return to Bay Area Rescue Mission
Photo from a past visit by the Love Kitchen courtesy of the Bay Area Rescue Mission.

The Little Caesar’s “Love Kitchen,” a pizza kitchen on 18 wheels that travels the nation serving people in need, will serve members of the Richmond community when it parks outside the Bay Area Rescue Mission (BARM) shelter on Monday, Feb. 26.

The Love Kitchen will start baking in front of the shelter at 200 Macdonald Ave. at 9:30 a.m. It will begin serving about 100 shelter guests from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., who will also receive a pasta salad made in the BARM kitchen.

Community residents will be offered pizzas from noon to 12:45 p.m. Due to COVID precautions, pizzas served after noon will be provided just outside the shelter to any hungry person in community.

This will be the fifth year Little Caesar’s has come to BARM to share the pizza love. Employees from local Little Caeser’s restaurants will be the master pizza chefs. 

“Our guests are always excited to see the huge orange pizza truck parked in front of the mission. Just seeing the brightly decorated tractor-trailer kitchen is part of the fun,” said BARM Chef Chris Dykes. “Yes, they enjoy the great pizza but it’s more than that. The Love Kitchen shows our struggling neighbors that others in the community care about them, as well.”

In its nationwide travels, the ‘Little Caesars Love Kitchen’ serves to guests of soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and to victims and first responders of major disasters. There are actually two ‘Love Kitchens’ in the US: one for the west and one for the eastern part of the US.

“Serving pizza to those in need is our way of giving back to communities where we do business”, said Lisa Ruthven from Little Caesar’s Corporate office. “Since we started this program in 1985, we’ve served pizza to more than 3.7 million people who were struggling in one way or another.”