Deli Express Hungry to Help

Published in CSP Daily News

Raises more than $70,000 for military families

MINNEAPOLIS -- Deli Express, a manufacturer of hot and cold sandwiches sold through convenience stores, said it has raised $72,776 through its 50th Anniversary Hungry to Help campaign, all of which will be donated to the National Military Family Association (NMFA).

Deli Express developed the Hungry to Help campaign to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the family-owned sandwich company. From May to December 2005, Deli Express sold 1.72 million 50th anniversary sandwiches. A portion of the sale price of each Torpedo, Big Chuck or Cattleman sandwich [image-nocss] sold was donated to the NMFA, an organization dedicated to serving family members of military service members. Of the $72,776 donation, $22,776 was due in part to contributions from the 37 suppliers and retailers, many of which matched Deli Express' per-sandwich sale donation.

"We are thrilled at the success of the Hungry to Help campaign," said Thomas E. Sween, Chairman and CEO of Deli Express. "We are so appreciative at the involvement of our suppliers, retailers and customers. Because of this campaign, the sons, daughters, wives and husbands of our soldiers will continue to get the support they need as their loved ones serve our country.

Deli Express presented a $50,000 check to the NMFA this past October at the 2005 National Association of Convenience Stores' NACS Show in Las Vegas.

Our ability to assist the lives of military families would not be possible without organization like Deli Express, said Tanna Schmidli, Chairman and CEO of the NMFA. We are so appreciative for the generous support Deli Express has shown us through the Hungry to Help campaign.

The NMFA is the only national nonprofit organization whose sole focus is the military family and whose goal is to influence the development and implementation of policies that will improve the lives of those family members. The Association's mission is to serve the families of the seven uniformed services through education, information and advocacy.

Deli Express sandwiches can be found at more than 25,000 c-stores, drug stores, vending machines and other grocery outlets across the country, the company said. It is a division of the E.A. Sween Co., Minneapolis.