Four decades since Buddy’s Pizza first partnered with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, the family-owned restaurant’s legacy of giving back continues. On Monday, April 4, Buddy’s fans are invited to partake in the 40th annual Slice for Life event and enjoy an all-you-can-eat pizza dinner with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit’s community outreach services.
“Feeding hungry people is the foundation of our business,” said Wes Pikula, Buddy’s Pizza vice president of operations. “Partnering with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen has allowed us to extend our reach to hungry metro Detroiters who’ve fallen on hard times. No one should ever have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, and Slice for Life is one way we’ve been able to help fight hunger in our local community.”
Since the first Slice for Life event in 1976, Buddy’s Pizza has raised nearly $3 million to support the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s programs, including: preparing and serving 2,000 meals a day; distributing household items; and operating a shower program, food pantry and children’s tutoring and art therapy program. This year Buddy’s aims to raise $100,000 during the Slice for Life event.
“Our partnership with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen is our longest standing charitable relationship, and it’s because our staff believes in the soup kitchen’s work,” Pikula added. “In fact, the idea to work with the Capuchins came from a group of our employees in 1976, when Owner Robert Jacobs asked the staff what charity they’d like the company to work with and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen was the number one pick.”
In addition to the annual fundraiser, Buddy’s Pizza has supported the Capuchin Soup Kitchen every week for the past 40 years by donating leftover pizzas to serve to the hungry. The number of pizzas donated varies, but at times reaches more than 20 pies per week.
Interested in helping the Slice for Life cause? From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on April 4, patrons who purchase a ticket can visit any Buddy’s Pizza full-service location to enjoy an all-you-can-eat two-topping pizza and salad meal. A carry-out option is also available for purchase at all 11 Buddy’s Pizza locations and includes either a 4-square two-topping pizza or a medium sized antipasto, Greek or house salad.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.cskdetroit.org, or by calling 313.579.2100 ext. 170.
Tickets will also be available at the door. All ticket holders may also register to win one 8-square Buddy’s Pizza every month for one year.
LOCATIONS: Buddy’s Pizza’s 11 convenient metro Detroit locations:
Auburn Hills Bloomfield Hills (carry-out only) Dearborn
2612 N. Squirrel Rd 3637 W. Maple Rd 22148 Michigan Ave
248.276.9040 248.645.0300 313.562.5900
Detroit Farmington Hills Grosse Pointe
17125 Conant St 31646 Northwestern Hwy 19163 Mack Ave
313.892.9001 248.855.4600 313.884.7400
Livonia Novi Royal Oak (carry-out only)
33605 Plymouth Rd 44225 Twelve Mile Road 32218 Woodward Ave 734.261.3550 248.675.0881 248.549.8000
Warren Shelby Township
8100 Old Thirteen Mile Road 45841 Hayes Rd
Patrons who choose to participate in the Slice for Life fundraiser are invited to engage with Buddy’s Pizza online and share their photos on Facebook (www.facebook.com/buddyspizza), Twitter (@BuddysPizza) and Instagram (@BuddysPizzaDET). Join and follow the conversation by tagging and searching #Slice4Life.
About Buddy’s Pizza
Family-owned and operated since 1946, Buddy’s Pizza is the birthplace of Sicilian-style square, or Detroit-style, pizza. For seven decades, the restaurant has been feeding patrons at its 11 metro Detroit locations and earning accolades from fans across the nation, including recognition from Zagat, Food Network, Pizza Today, Eater, Travel Channel and more. Consistently voted Detroit’s number one pizza locally, regionally and nationally, the Farmington Hills-based restaurant remains true to its Detroit roots, legacy and traditions that began on the corner of Six Mile and Conant years ago. For more information visit www.buddyspizza.com. Connect with Buddy’s Pizza on Facebook (www.facebook.com/buddyspizza), Twitter (@BuddysPizza) and Instagram (@BuddysPizzaDET).