We always like seeing what our Bourbon friends are doing to help the wold and Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. tells BourbonBlog.com that they made donations of 1,000 meals to military families this season through its “Holiday Meals for Military Families” charity program.
In partnership with Operation Homefront and nearly 30 valued business partners, Beam Global has increased its meal donations from 500 last year to more than 1,000 in three large military communities including Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and Naval Station Great Lakes near Chicago. The program, which provides pre-packaged meals, is designed to ease the burden that service members and their families often experience during the holidays.
“As part of our commitment to Operation Homefront and the military, Beam Global is excited to provide our troops and their families with meals this holiday season,” Ken Ruff, VP of national accounts, on-premise for Beam Global tells BourbonBlog.com. “With the help of our sponsors, we’re able to give back to military personnel and allow them to spend more quality time with their families during the holidays without worrying about the cost of groceries when organizing their holiday meals.”
– On December 15, Beam Global’s vice president of on-premise national accounts, Ken Ruff, and volunteers hand delivered 450 meals to troops stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Each family received two reusable grocery bags with food items for a complete holiday meal, as well as a $20 gift certificate to Walmart to purchase a turkey and pie. In addition, country artist Ashley Ray was on hand to entertain the crowd
– On December 16, more than 550 troops stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, received meals delivered by Beam Global’s Jerry Summers, director of community relations. Originally anticipating supplies for 400 families, it was quickly evident that more families were hoping to take part in the meal donation. Working with Operation Homefront, Walmart quickly organized another 150 packaged meals to ensure all families walked away happy.
– On December 17 at the Naval Station Great Lakes, Beam Global’s Mindy Mackenzie, senior vice president of human resources, and Kent Rose, senior vice president of general counsel and CAO, delivered 150 meals to troops based at the United States Navy’s Headquarters Command near Chicago.
Since 2008, Beam Global has partnered with Operation Homefront on several successful initiatives, donating nearly $2.5M for the cause.
Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 23 chapters and has met more than 267,000 needs since 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, $.95 of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes to programs. For more information, please visit OperationHomefront.net
About Beam Global Spirits & Wine:
Inspiring conversations around the world, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., is building brands people want to talk about. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for our brands, including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Sauza® Tequila, Canadian Club® Whisky, Courvoisier® Cognac, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Cruzan® Rum, Larios® Gin, Whisky DYC®, Teacher’s® Scotch Whisky, DeKuyper® Cordials and Liqueurs and Knob Creek® Bourbon. Beam Global Spirits & Wine is part of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO), a leading consumer brands company. For more information onBeam Global Spirits & Wine, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, visit www.beamglobal.com and www.drinksmart.com.
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