Eckrich, Operation Homefront and Albertsons Team Up to Honor Military Family

LISLE, Ill., April 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eckrich, the makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and savory deli meats, partnered with Albertsons and Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families, to honor a Phoenix military family on Wednesday.

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Eckrich hosted a special presentation outside a brand-new Albertsons store in Scottsdale, Ariz. to honor, thank and support the McCoy family. The family was surprised with a gift of free groceries for one year at Albertsons, courtesy of Eckrich.

As part of the event, crowds of shoppers were treated to samples of delicious Eckrich smoked sausage and deli meat, live country music and an appearance by country music radio station, 102.5. In addition, Eckrich provided local military service members and their families with $25 Albertsons gift cards to thank them for their service.

Retired Army Infantry Sergeant William McCoy served in the United States Army for nine years. He sustained multiple injuries during deployments and suffers from a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. McCoy earned an Iraq campaign medal and three bronze stars. His wife, Linda, is his caregiver and a member of the Hearts of Valor® program. The family has a three-year-old son.

“Eckrich is reminding service members that there is hope,” said William McCoy. “There are people out there that really appreciate what we’ve done, and I’m thankful.”

The surprise is part of the ongoing campaign by Eckrich to honor, thank and support military families through its partnership with Operation Homefront. The McCoy family is supported by Operation Homefront’s Hearts of Valor® program, a network of caregivers for wounded, ill or injured service members. Operation Homefront supports these caregivers through annual retreats, support groups and online communities.

Eckrich, entering its fifth year of partnership with Operation Homefront, has donated more than $2 million to the organization since 2012. Eckrich is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

“Eckrich continues to thank, support and honor our military families across the country,” said Chuck Gitkin, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Smithfield Foods. “We appreciate Albertsons’s partnership in this event. We thank the McCoy family for their service and are proud to present them with one year of free groceries.”

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About Eckrich
Founded by Peter Eckrich in 1894, Eckrich has a rich heritage starting from a small meat market in Fort Wayne, Ind. Through it all, Eckrich meats have been recognized for their great taste and supreme quality, craftsmanship, care and pride. For more information, visit

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $14 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Nathan's Famous®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Carando® and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit

About Operation Homefront
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has provided assistance to thousands of military families since its inception in 2002. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity watchdog groups, nationally, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to

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