Operation Homefront Launches Annual Holiday Meals for Military Program
SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 29, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Operation Homefront, the
national non-profit dedicated to providing emergency financial and other
assistance to the families of our nation's military, has announced today that
it is launching its annual Holiday Meals for Military program.
The Holiday Meals for Military Program began Thanksgiving 2009 as a result of
a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Ft. Drum. A soldier,
his wife, and infant had a handful of grocery items they could not afford, so
a Beam Inc. employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries. Since that
time, the program has grown from initially providing 500 meals kits to
military families in 2009 to providing 5,200 this holiday season.
The 5,200 meal kits, which include all the grocery items necessary for a full
holiday meal, will be distributed to lower and mid-grade ranking military
families, E-1 thru E-6, at seventeen bases nationwide in December 2012,
including Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort
Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Knox, Ky.; Great Lakes
Naval Base, Ill.; and MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
"Military families are not only dealing with the effects of war, but also the
current economic difficulties," said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of
Operation Homefront. "So often these families are split up during the holiday
season from deployments. This year, let's help them bring the celebration
home, and show that we are thankful for the sacrifices that they have made for
Distributing these meals is an important undertaking that will be carried out
in military communities and at local Operation Homefront Field Offices across
the nation. For more information on how to volunteer or donate to the cause,
please log on to www.HolidayMealsForMilitary.org.
In addition to Beam Inc., sponsors for the program include Chinet, Cargill,
Southern Wine & Spirits, Mrs. Smith's, and Nestle.
About Operation Homefront: A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads
more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence, and has met more than
590,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002. A four-star
rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total
revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service
members. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.
SOURCE Operation Homefront
Contact: John Smith, PR & Marketing Director, +1-210-381-7110,
John.Smith@OperationHomefront.net, or Aaron Taylor, PR Manager,
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