At the heart of Little Caesars philosophy is a deep commitment to its franchisees, colleagues, and community members. In addition to efforts made by individual restaurants worldwide, Little Caesars Pizza is true to its belief in giving back to the communities in which it serves.
Little Caesars Pizza and its franchisees are dedicated to countless organizations throughout the world. Our restaurants participate in school-related programs and have supported worthwhile charities, as well as community and neighborhood programs, through restaurant-sponsored fundraisers and in-store functions. Many of our franchisees and employees volunteer their time for numerous charitable causes and have raised millions of dollars all over the world.
One of the most significant corporate programs Little Caesars Pizza has funded is an award-winning, nationally recognized program called the Little Caesars Love Kitchen. A mobile kitchen on wheels, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen has fed more than two million people in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. It has also responded to disasters including the hurricanes in the Gulf Coast area in 2008 and in 2005, the site of the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the 1995 Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City.
In 2006, Little Caesars introduced the Little Caesars Veterans Program as a way to thank our vets for the service they and their families have given to our country. The program provides franchise business opportunities to qualified, honorably discharged veterans transitioning to civilian life or seeking a career change.
The Ilitch family also established a non-profit foundation called Ilitch Charities in 2000. Ilitch Charities invests in our community's future by supporting innovative, collaborative, and measurable programs in the areas of community development, human services, education, and recreation through contributions from the Ilitch companies, their colleagues, and the generosity of others.
In addition to providing grants to many non-profit groups, Ilitch Charities established a Little Caesars hockey scholarship program for young men and women who participate in the Little Caesars AAA Hockey program.
Little Caesars AAA Hockey is one of the most recognized and respected organizations in amateur travel hockey. A cornerstone of the Midwest Elite Hockey League since 1968, the program has captured numerous state championships and tournament titles over its 40-plus year history. Mike and Marian Ilitch, owners of the Little Caesars Pizza chain, have been sponsoring amateur hockey teams since 1968 and are a major reason for the club's success.