JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Operation Homefront, partnered with Food Lion, distributed 100-holiday meal kits to pre-registered military families at the Jacksonville Conference Center Thursday through the national nonprofit’s annual Holiday Meals for Military program.
Each meal bag includes non-perishables as well as a gift card redeemable for the rest of the groceries necessary for a full holiday meal.
The Holiday Meals for Military program began Thanksgiving 2009 as the result of a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort 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 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing more than 10,000 nationally this holiday season.
“Our mission at operation homefront is to build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities they work so hard to protect.” KIM CAMERON, MANAGER OF CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS, OPERATION HOMEFRONT
For more information visit Operationhomefront.org/RaiseYourHand.