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Operation Homefront Opens Online Registration for Holiday Meals for Military Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 15 November 2012 08:11

SAN ANTONIO - Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our nation's military, have opened online registration for its annual Holiday Meals for Military program at www.HolidayMealsForMilitar y.org. Military families can find the program serving their community and register by clicking the "Events" tab.

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 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 .

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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 November 2012 08:17