Deli Express Expands U.S. Military Donation Program

Contributions to families exceed $250,000; helped provide scholarships, camp

MINNEAPOLIS -- Deli Express, a leading suppliers of hot and cold sandwiches, has announced that after making its 2010 second-quarter donation of $50,745, it has surpassed $250,000 in total donations to the National Military Family Association, an organization dedicated to serving family members of military service members.
Deli Express has been donating a portion of sales of its hot and cold sandwiches and bakery items sold overseas in Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Shoppettes (on-base convenience stores) since 2006. This year, the company expanded its donation [image-nocss] program to include AAFES Shoppettes domestically. With the worldwide program expansion, Deli Express expects to donate an additional $100,000 to the National Military Family Association yet this year. Deli Express donations on behalf of AAFES contributed to the association's military spouse scholarship program, which has awarded 560 scholarships to military spouses since 2004, and contributed to Operation Purple summer camps, which is hosting 10,000 children of deployed service members this year at 68 camps throughout the U.S., Guam and Germany. "Military families make great sacrifices when their loved ones serve our country here and abroad, and it is our mission to strengthen and protect them," said Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association. "We are privileged to have the support of companies like Deli Express that make it possible for us to fulfill that mission." "It is an honor to give back to the U.S. military service members who leave their friends and families and risk their lives to protect us," said Tom H. Sween, president of Deli Express. "We are pleased that we were able to expand our donation program this year. And we are delighted that our donations have made a difference in the lives of so many U.S. military families." Military families serve our country with pride, honor and quiet dedication. The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening and protecting the families of the men and women currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen. We provide families of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA with information, work to get them the benefits they deserve, and offer programs that improve their lives. Our 40 years of service and accomplishments have made us a trusted resource for military families and the nation's leaders.
Minneapolis-based Deli Express, a division of the E.A. Sween Co., supplies sandwiches to more than 26,000 c-stores, grocery stores, drug stores, vending and other food outlets across the country. The company sells more than 75 million sandwiches every year.