Eckrich®, the makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and perfectly seasoned deli meats, honored a Salt Lake City military family on Friday in partnership with WinCo Foods and Operation Homefront, to thank them for their service. This special event took place during the grand opening celebration of the local WinCo Foods store.
When the Manninos arrived at the new store, Eckrich surprised the family with a grocery shopping spree. Then at checkout, the brand provided the family with another surprise: a gift of free groceries for a year at WinCo Foods, valued at more than $10,000.
Retired Corporal Nicholas Mannino served honorably in the U.S. Army for six years as an Infantryman. During his service, he was honored with several awards. Nicholas and his wife, Stephanie, have been together for 17 years. Stephanie is Nicholas' full-time caregiver and a member of Operation Homefront's Hearts of Valor® program, a network of more than 3,000 caregivers of wounded service members which provides annual retreats, support groups, and online communities.
We are grateful for this gift of free groceries from Eckrich and WinCo Foods," said Nicholas Mannino. "With six children, and the holidays right around the corner, this gift could not have come at a better time. Thank you, Eckrich and WinCo for this generous donation."
The surprise is part of the ongoing campaign by Eckrich to honor, thank, and support military families through its partnership with Operation Homefront. Eckrich, now in its sixth year of the partnership, has donated more than $3 million to the organization since 2012. Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive - not simply struggle to get by - in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.
"Eckrich is proud to support military families across the country, and we are grateful for WinCo's continued partnership," said Mike Paribello, Smithfield Foods senior director of marketing. "We are inspired by the sacrifices made by the Mannino family and we hope this small gift of groceries will serve as a sign of our appreciation for all that they do."
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