20131112-224926.jpgFT. BRAGG, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2013) – On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Feed The Children will deliver a semi tractor-trailer full of food and essentials to help 400 Fort Bragg families. The food and essentials will be distributed at noon at Fort Bragg – Hope Chapel (Bldg #MT-2505 Watson St.).

Operation Homefront – Carolina’s annual “Thanks-for-Giving” event is held to support military families ranked E1 – E6 and thank them for their dedication, courage, and steadfastness on behalf of our country and freedom throughout the world. Thanks-for-Giving was created to give Thanks to these families and provide them with groceries to prepare a holiday meal. The Hatfield Family Fund with Molly Dupree is the lead supporter of the 4th Annual Operation Homefront Thanks-For-Giving event. The distribution is also sponsored by Speedway Children’s Charities, Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship and Charlie Daniels.

Feed The Children partner Operation Homefront – Carolinas is sponsoring and facilitating the event and has pre-identified families receiving the boxes. Each family will receive a 25-pound box of food and a 10-pound box of personal care items. The boxes are designed to help a family of four for up to one week. Each family will also receive a turkey and traditional Thanksgiving trimmings. In addition Campbell’s Soup Company has generously donated a truck full of product for families.

The distribution is part of Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped hundreds of thousands of families across the country since it began in 2009.

More than one in four children living in Fayetteville (27.7 percent) is considered impoverished. The number of children living in poverty in North Carolina (559,875) could fill Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh more than nine times.

“Military families endure stresses and hardships that set them apart from the norm, as they are usually far away from the usual support systems at home like family and friends.” said Holly Cummings, Operation Homefront – Carolinas Executive Director. “The families we focus on earn on average between $18,000 – 33,000 annually. Holidays can sometimes bring about financial strain because of purchases outside of and above and beyond normal expenses. Thanks-for-Giving is an opportunity to thank and celebrate military families for their service, while providing them with grocery items to prepare a traditional Thanks Giving meal.”

“We are so thankful to Operation Homefront – Carolinas, Speedway Children’s Charities, Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship, Charlie Daniels and Campbell’s Soup Company for helping to provide food and essentials to our military friends,” said Erin Engelke, spokesperson for Feed The Children. “These men and women dedicate their lives to protect and serve others. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve them.”