A 10-year partnership, contributions top $3.5 million, with over 90,000 military families served
Chicago – November 15, 2018 –Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits, has donated $100,000 to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families. The funds will support Operation Homefront’s Holiday Meals for Military (HMFM) program, an annual initiative which began one year into Beam Suntory’s partnership with the nonprofit.
The HMFM program was inspired by a chance encounter in a supermarket on Thanksgiving Day 2009 in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A Beam Suntory employee noticed that a young soldier shopping with his wife and infant was struggling to pay for his family’s groceries. The employee covered the cost, and eventually laid the foundation for what has become national program helping thousands of military families each year.
“To think that this all started with a random act of kindness is incredible, and we have been humbled to be a part of this program’s continued growth,” said Beam Suntory Chairman and CEO Matt Shattock. “Beam Suntory is committed to giving back to our communities, none more so than our brave service members and their families, and our decade-long partnership with Operation Homefront supports that important work.”
Beam Suntory’s contribution brings the company’s total support of cash and in-kind services to more than $3.5 million since 2008. The funds support the Holiday Meals for Military program, which will provide more than 7,600 family meals across the country this holiday season.
“We are very proud to have been able to partner with Beam Suntory for the past ten years to serve America’s military families and deliver our highly regarded Holiday Meals for Military program,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “Together we have made the holidays brighter for over 90,000 military families and helped them have the opportunity to thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”
Over the years, Beam Suntory employees have volunteered thousands of hours to support military families in need. Operation Homefront will serve a holiday meal to its 400,000th military family member in December.
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About Beam Suntory Inc.
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin, and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith and Roku gin, and Midori liqueur.
Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and a vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.
About Operation Homefront
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America's military families. For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.