North Dakota Little Caesars has handed out 142,000 slices of pizza to needy people

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Little Caesars made news a few days ago when a Twitter follower shot a video of some DiGiorno pizzas close to a Little Caesars kitchen. But sometimes, these random incidents can lead to other discoveries. For example, someone in the comments section of that story posted that Little Caesars founder and Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Illitch, who died in 2017, paid Rosa Parks’ rent for over a decade.

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In another instance of benevolence, the Today show reports today on a Little Caesars in Fargo, North Dakota, that offers free slices to the needy. After franchise owners Jenny and Mike Stevens noticed people going through the LC dumpsters a few years ago, they put up the following sign:

“To the person going through our trash for their next meal, You’re a human being and worth more than a meal from a dumpster. Please come in during operating hours for a couple of slices of hot pizza and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.”

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To date, the franchise has handed out 142,000 slices of free pizza, and has even worked out pizza donations with local shelters. Even after Mike Stevens’ death from leukemia last year, the family’s generous efforts continue.

Which makes me feel a lot better about the fact that Little Caesars is my kids’ favorite pizza. They’re like “Little Caesars, then Malnati’s.” Given the chain’s pay-it-forward vibe, I’ll allow it.

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

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I love little Caesars, their pizza is generally better than pizza hut and papa johns, they do a lot of donations, and they actually know how to make a fucking stuffed crust (seriously pizza hut why is the crust hollow and empty!??).