Operation Homefront next week kicks-off the first of 21 events taking place across the nation through December 19 to distribute holiday meals to military families. Walmart is contributing cash and in-kind donations worth $250,000 to the 2014 Holiday Meals for Military program and Walmart associates are also offering their help to package holiday meal kits.
The 8,000 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 21 locations nationwide in December 2014, including Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Knox, Ky.; Great Lakes Naval Base, Ill.; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and Joint Base Andrews, Md.
“We are proud to work with our long-standing partner Operation Homefront to once again bring holiday meals to military families across the country,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are dedicated to creating opportunities for our nation’s service members and veterans year-round, through Walmart’s Welcome Home Hiring Commitment and the Walmart Foundation’s $20 million pledge through 2019 to support veteran employment and transition programs. Helping veterans find a meaningful career and providing holiday meals to our military families are important touch points where we can give back to those who have given the most for our country.”
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 Walmart and Beam-Suntory, major sponsors for the program include Chinet, Thirty-one, Dole, and Southern Wine & Spirits-KY.
Find events in your area: http://www.operationhomefront.net/event/list