• Ledo Pizza is offering free cheese pizzas to anyone in Maryland who gets their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan showed up to announce the campaign and said he has loved Ledo Pizza since he was a child.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan cheated on his diet during a visit to Ledo Pizza, but he did it for a noble cause: To encourage his state’s residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Plus, he’s a Ledo’s fan from way back and thinks their food is “fantastic.”

Hogan showed up at the Ledo Pizza location in Oxon Hill on Thursday to help the chain launch a new initiative that offers free pizza to anyone who has gotten their first dose of the vaccine. The promotion runs through June 30 or until 10,000 pies have been given away.

To sign up, customers can visit Ledo4Vaccines.com, fill out a form and receive a coupon for a free 8” cheese pizza. The coupon is valid for online orders only and has to be redeemed within seven days of receipt. The offer is good at all Ledo Pizza locations in Maryland.

“I’ve been on this diet for a while and lost a few pounds, and I haven’t eaten any pizza for, like, eight months,” Hogan said at a press conference outside the restaurant. “I love Ledo Pizza, so I said, ‘This is, like, the greatest day of my life.’ I came and ate several pieces of pizza. But we’re really here for a bigger message than the fact that I’ve grown up since I was a kid loving Ledo Pizza.”

this photo shows Maryland Governor Larry Hogan visiting the kitchen at Ledo Pizza in Oxon Hill

Governor Hogan tours the kitchen at Ledo Pizza in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

“Our effort right now is to get this last group of folks vaccinated,” the governor added. “Any kind of incentive we can do to get people to get out and get their shots, it’s going to help us reach that goal so we can all get rid of the masks and get back to normal.”

Jamie Beall, Ledo’s COO and president, said the chain wants to encourage Marylanders to get vaccinated and ready to dine out again. “We’re happy to do our part to try to get us back to normal and get the families and kids parties back in the dining room and get it to feel the way it used to be and should be,” Beall said at the press conference.

Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, Ledo Pizza was founded in 1955 and now has 107 stores in seven states. The company recently held a National Hiring Day at all of its locations in an effort to fill more than 1,000 front-of-house, back-of-house and management positions.

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