Pizzas 4 Patriots Sends 20,000 Pies To Deployed Troops For Super Bowl Sunday

on January 29 2013 4:19 PM
Pizza 4 Patriots' Operation Eagle
Pizza 4 Patriots recently shipped more than 20,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan for them to eat while watching the Super Bowl Sunday, calling the "mission" Operation Eagle. Pizza 4 Patriots

U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan will enjoy a super-size pizza party on America’s biggest pizza-eating day, Super Bowl Sunday.

The servicemen and women are set to receive more than 21,000 pizzas just in time for the big game, courtesy of nonprofit organization Pizza 4 Patriots, according to Market Watch.  

The organization has been providing pizzas for troops overseas since its inception in 2008 and has sent more than 100,000 pies to help appreciative service members get some much-needed rest and relaxation, according to the organization's website.

The current "mission," called Operation Eagle, aims to feed every service member deployed in the Middle East during Super Bowl XLVII that takes place Sunday.

In conjunction with international shippers DHL-Express and DynCorp International, the ready-to-bake Chicago-style pies were shipped to Kandahar, Afghanistan, Tuesday and will be ready to be delivered to several military bases across Afghanistan and Kuwait on game day.

DHL ensures that the pizzas will be “fresh and in excellent condition.”

"As a former Marine, it means a lot to me that I can bring this to them," Vince Crook, the commercial manager for DHL Express-Afghanistan, told Military News. "I remember when it was just little things like this that made all the difference in the world while deployed."

Pizza 4 Patriots previously catered to troops during Super Bowl XLV in 2011, when more than 40,000 pizzas were shipped to service members in Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea.

The organization aims to ship pizza to troops twice per year.

"Since 2008, we have had the pleasure of providing our brave U.S. servicemen and women overseas with the most delicious, authentic 'slices of home,' letting them know we care and we are thinking of them," founder of Pizzas 4 Patriots Ret. Master Sergeant Mark Evans said in a statement.

"While our soldiers' presence in the Middle East continues to become smaller, they still need to know that we appreciate the sacrifices they make for us, our families and our country."