Pizzas 4 Patriots Offers “Slice of Home”
to Soldiers in Combat
As the founder of Pizzas 4 Patriots, veteran Mark Evans has
been organizing the world’s biggest pizza parties since 2008.
The beneficiaries: thousands of American soldiers fighting in
the deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Evans got the idea from his son, a high school freshman at
the time. “We were eating Chicago deep-dish pizza one night
when he asked if we could send pizzas to the soldiers in Iraq,”
he recalls. “It sounded crazy, but I was a master sergeant. We
don’t take no for an answer. You do whatever you’ve got to do
to get the job done.”
Evans managed to contact General David Petraeus, who loved
the idea. With Petraeus’ blessing and full military support—
plus some generous Chicago pizzerias and corporate sponsors,
including DHL—Evans has since dispatched more than
100,000 pizzas to U.S. troops. He needs more corporate spon-
sors to keep the project alive, with plans to ship pies to every
soldier in the Middle East for this year’s Super Bowl.
Evans has made numerous TV news appearances and earned
global acclaim for his efforts—and for his corporate donors
as well. “We’ve done pizza parties for every Super Bowl and
Fourth of July since 2008,” he says. With the help of key
sponsors, Evans now has the ability to make his own pizzas.
But expenses are still daunting, especially since Pizzas 4 Patri-
ots also now sends pies to veterans hospitals across the United
States. “We get some of the stuff for free, but there’s still a lot
we have to pay for, like the boxes, dry ice for shipping and so
on,” he notes.