U.S. soldiers stationed in Afghanistan will be able to participate in at least one aspect of Super Bowl madness this Sunday: eating pizza.
Pizzas 4 Patriots and DHL Express will send 21,000 deep-dish pizzas to U.S. soldiers deployed in Afghanistan and Kuwait on Super Bowl Sunday, according to a press release from the two groups. Illinois-based pizza company Great Kitchens will make the pizzas, and there will be enough to feed every U.S. soldier stationed in the two countries.
Pizza 4 Patriots and DHL, which is donating its services for the mission, have sent more than 122,000 pizzas to U.S. troops overseas since 2008.
When the troops receive the pizzas, they'll be joining in with their civilian counterparts in consuming cheesy goodness, as Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest days of the year for pizza sales. Domino's Pizza says it expects to sell more than 11 million slices of pizza on Super Bowl Sunday. And the National Restaurant Association estimates that 48 million Americans will order takeout or delivery food that day.
The Super Bowl pizzas aren't the only way companies show appreciation for the troops. Starbucks has donated more than 141,000 pounds of coffee to U.S. troops. Goldman Sachs held an eight-week integration program for U.S. veterans last year to prepare them for careers in finance. And iPads for Soldiers sends iPads to wounded soldiers; its corporate sponsors include Investors Trust and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.