Bob Rich, Jr., an Islamorada resident and chairman of Rich Products Corporation, shipped 5,000 pizzas to troops serving in Afghanistan so they could enjoy some semblance of home life when they watched last month’s Super Bowl.
“We’re happy to show our appreciation and thanks to the courageous men and women of the armed services,” Rich said in a statement. “They put their lives on the line so far away from home so that we and our families can enjoy freedom from fear and terror.”
Acting as delivery driver was DHL Express. The effort was spearheaded by a nonprofit called Pizzas 4 Patriots, which has delivered almost 150,000 pizzas to U.S. troops since 2008.
Mark Evans, head of Pizzas 4 Patriots, said he was grateful to Rich Products and DHL for coming through for service members.
“Having served overseas, I personally know that having a taste of home on Super Bowl Sunday is a powerful experience for troops stationed abroad,” he said. “I am grateful to Rich Products Corporation and to DHL Express for making this experience possible for our brave servicemen and servicewomen.”