Pizza! Pizza! at the Soup Kitchen

Little Caesars brought its Love Kitchen to Greenwood’s Soup Kitchen on Friday and cooked enough food for more than 250 people.

Willie Mouzon, Soup Kitchen coordinator and board member, said it was the third time Little Caesars has served pizza at the community center.

“They have a rolling pizzeria,” he said. “They cook the pizza in the truck and made 75 pizzas.”

According to a news release, “the Little Caesars Love Kitchen has fed nearly three million people in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. It has also responded to disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as the site of the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the 1995 Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. Established by Little Caesars in 1985, the Love Kitchen exemplifies Little Caesars strong tradition of giving back to America’s communities.”

Love Kitchen driver Jeff O’Meara said he has been with the company for two years.

“It’s great that they help people who are less fortunate,” he said. “Every day, I see smiles on people’s faces because they consider it a treat to eat the pizza.

“As long as someone has a smile on their face, it’s a great treat for me, too.”

O’Meara said he appreciates the restaurants that help in the process.

“It’s the local franchises that donate the food,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without them.”

James David Beauford, retired for two years after 30 as a trucker, said he is thankful for the opportunity.

“I’ve been coming for three years,” he said. “I always make it by 11:30. I love the soup and pizza. They have good food all the time.”

Beauford said he enjoyed Friday’s event.

Mouzon said the soup kitchen has a religious concept, and it has volunteers from Ninety Six to Cross Hill.

“Any problems they (the visitors) have, they’ll come to us and we’ll direct them to the proper people,” he said.

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