Eckrich, Operation Homefront and Albertsons Partner to Honor Military Family

Boise Family Surprised with One Year of FREE Groceries

LISLE, Ill., April 28, 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 Boise, Idaho military family on Thursday.

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Eckrich hosted a special presentation outside an Albertsons store in Mountain Home to honor, thank and support the Davis 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 Boise country radio station 104.3. In addition, Eckrich provided local military service members and their families with $25 Albertsons gift cards to thank them for their service.

Captain Marshall Davis, US Army, Ret. was an artillery officer in the Army National Guard for 17 years. He deployed to Iraq twice. His wife, Melanie, is his caregiver and a member of the Hearts of Valor® program through Operation Homefront®. The Davis family has 10 children.

"We are very humbled to represent the soldiers of Idaho and are truly grateful to receive this gift from Eckrich," said Marshall Davis. "When companies like Eckrich and Albertsons support individuals like this, I think it helps encourage everyone to support each other in any way they can."

The surprise is part of the ongoing campaign by Eckrich to honor, thank and support military families through its partnership with Operation Homefront. The Davis 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. “These families make great sacrifices and we appreciate Albertsons’ partnership and support for military families. Today, we were proud to thank the Davis family for their service and 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 builds strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. With more than 3,200 volunteers nationwide, Operation Homefront has provided assistance to tens of thousands of military families its inception shortly after 9/11. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 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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