Deli Express has donated $63,635 to the National Military Family Association, an organization serving family members of U.S. military personnel, the company said.
The donation comes from portions of sales from Deli Express’ hot and cold sandwiches and bakery items that were sold overseas since 2006 at Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) c-stores located on military bases. The donation was gleaned from the sales of 1.27 million items.
Deli Express is the nation’s largest supplier of hot and cold sandwiches sold through convenience stores.
In late 2006, the company began selling its products overseas with AAFES and created a partnership with the NMFA. It now donates 5 cents from every sandwich or bakery item that is purchased overseas. The money is used to support the families of U.S. military service members.
In 2006, Deli Express donated $4,537 to NMFA, while the company’s 2007 donation was $26,616. This year alone the company has already donated $32,482 to NMFA.
“We greatly appreciate the sacrifice that U.S. military service members are making as they serve our nation during this time of war and unrest,” said Tom H. Sween, president of Deli Express. “We know that as these service members serve our country, their families are making incredible sacrifices, too. For this reason, we are delighted to contribute to their wellbeing through our donation of $63,635 to the NMFA.”
“Deli Express has been a wonderful partner to the NMFA and to the family members of those so selflessly serving our country,” said Nancy Alsheimer, chairman of the NMFA Board of Governors. “We greatly appreciate the generous and ongoing support of Deli Express.”
Deli Express first partnered with the NMFA in 2005 when, in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the company launched its “Hungry to Help” campaign. Through the campaign, Deli Express contributed $72,776 to the NMFA by collecting a portion of sales of special 50th Anniversary sandwiches
The NMFA is the only national nonprofit organization whose sole focus is military families. Its goal is to influence the development and implementation of policies that will improve the lives of those military service members’ families.
Deli Express sandwiches can be found in more than 26,000 convenience stores, drug stores, vending machines and other grocery outlets across the country. The company sells 75 million sandwiches every year.