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Eckrich, Operation Homefront and Martin’s Partner to Honor Military Family

Indiana Family Surprised with $5,000 in FREE Groceries

LISLE, Ill., Aug. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eckrich, the makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and savory deli meats, teamed up with Martin’s Super Markets and Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families, to honor a Mishawaka, Ind. military family on Sunday.

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Eckrich hosted a special presentation for the Gillam family at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds during the B100 Birthday Party, celebrating South Bend, Ind. country radio station 100.7. The family was surprised with $5,000 in free groceries at Martin’s.

David Gillam served in the US Army for 20 years. He was wounded during a mission in Iraq. His wife, Anna, is his caregiver and a member of Operation Homefront’s Hearts of Valor® program, a network of nearly 3,000 caregivers for wounded, ill or injured service members. She also volunteers her time to help other caregivers. The couple has three children.

“It means the world to me as a military spouse to have companies like Eckrich say thank you for your sacrifice,” said Anna Gillam. “It’s great recognition for all service members and their families.”

The surprise is part of the ongoing campaign by Eckrich to honor, thank and support military families through its partnership with Operation Homefront.  The Gillam family is supported by Operation Homefront’s Hearts of Valor® program, which provides caregivers with annual retreats, support groups and online communities.

Eckrich, in its fifth year of partnership with Operation Homefront, has donated more than $2.5 million to the organization since 2012.

“Eckrich is continuing its support of military families across the country,” said Chuck Gitkin, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Smithfield Foods. “We appreciate Martin’s participation in this event and we are proud to present the Gillam family with $5,000 in 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®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly's®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny®, and Berlinki®. 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 since 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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