Why We Care: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and ABLE

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Why We Care: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and ABLE

Every year, E.A. Sween Company and its product lines are thrilled to support organizations that do so much good work in their communities. In 2020, we’re introducing you to them, and hope you’ll find them as inspirational as we do!

Earlier this year, we talked about the Animal Humane Society. Now we’d like to tell you about Courage Kenny and its ABLE (Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise) program.

The work being done at Courage Kenny is nothing short of amazing and is absolutely life-changing. The many areas Courage Kenny works in include sports and orthopedic injuries, brain and spinal cord injuries, cancer and stroke survivors, neuromuscular conditions, chronic pain, children and young adults on the autism spectrum and people who have been disabled since birth.

The services they provide to these people include inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, health and wellness services, assisting with assistive technology and even job services. The ABLE program is an intensive fitness approach for people with paralysis or other neurological conditions. Using state-of-the-art fitness equipment, ABLE works with patients to improve and increase their physical stability and strength, along with heart and lung health, bone density and regulation of blood pressure.

“At E.A. Sween, we’re proud to support the kind of work that enables people to live to their full potential,” said Tom H. Sween, E.A. Sween’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Courage Kenny’s ABLE program is an innovative example of the work being done. They really make a difference in their patients’ quality of life.”

Learn more about ABLE through Rob’s story. Rob sustained a spinal cord injury in a diving accident that left him in a wheelchair with little free mobility. But through ABLE, he began to rebuild his muscles and ability to control and direct his body:

Courage Kenny’s ABLE program is one of only six Community Fitness and Wellness facilities of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network. Every day, these talented professionals work hard for the best outcomes for their patients. And that’s why E.A. Sween cares about Courage Kenny.


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National Superheroes Day

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National Superheros Day

It’s National Superheroes Day. Normally this would be a fun day to pay tribute to our favorite imaginary superhero—Superman is mine—but the extraordinary circumstances of the recent weeks/months have made it clear there are real superheroes in our midst, and they’re doing monumental tasks that comic book superheroes never imagined having to do. So today, let’s celebrate the real heroes in our communities.

Those heroes include people on the pandemic’s front lines: Doctors, nurses and every medical worker whose work life has collided with COVID-19. They continue to show up for work, day after day, facing unimaginable situations and having to quarantine from their own families. Yet, even knowing the risks they face, they still come to work. That is the very definition of courage and heroism. You have our deepest, most profound thanks and gratitude.

We also offer thanks and deep gratitude to first responders and law enforcement, who are dealing with unprecedented conditions and unknown risks as they work to keep people across the U.S. safe. They too are running up against the pandemic as they respond to legal and safety issues.

You may not know that as a food supplier, E.A. Sween is an essential services business. Today I need to thank every employee across the country as they continue working together to safely get our products into the hands of people who need them. Every worker, every delivery person, every employee working from home, is a hero. We cannot thank you enough for your work keeping our plants open and our trucks on their delivery routes. And our thanks to all the store owners and employees who keep their retail businesses open to sell these products, and all of our supplier and distribution partners who help us get products to those retailers. We’re always grateful to them, but perhaps never more than now.

We’re proud to provide extra financial compensation and extraordinary safety protocols for the front-line employees for the risks they take every day. We salute everyone within the E.A. Sween family. We couldn’t do it without you. Today—and everyday—you are superheroes.

E.A. Sween Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Tom H. Sween


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Why We Care: the Animal Humane Society

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We love the Animal Humane Society!

Every year, E.A. Sween Company and its product lines are thrilled to support organizations that do so much good work in their communities. In 2020, we’re going to introduce you to them, and hope you’ll find them as inspirational as we do!

First up: the Animal Humane Society. We’re a long-time sponsor of the Walk for Animals. Our support for the Animal Humane Society comes right from the top: Chief Executive Officer Tom H. Sween, who recently told us about his family’s history with—and love of—four-legged friends, and why supporting the Society represents a key E.A. Sween/Deli Express value.

Tom says: The Sween family has been surrounded by dogs for generations. They’re truly part of our families. That’s one of the reasons we’re excited to support the Animal Humane Society. As a company, it’s a critically important to us to partner with great causes that focus on an important need, especially causes that help others, whether it’s people or animals.

This is not just a Sween family desire. We want the company to support organizations our employees align with as well. We also want to align with partners who share the same passions we do: The power of working as one team with a common goal. The Animal Humane Society definitely shares that passion, and the work they do to help animals is amazing.

Animals add so much to our lives. They’re an amazing way to connect with a creature who genuinely wants to hang out with you and is always willing to experience life with 100% enthusiasm. Plus, they’re great listeners—which I need with 6 girls at home!

Currently, our dog Mac is an important part of our family who loves to be by my side. A couple of years ago, I had just returned from a very long flight and was terribly jetlagged. But I had to leave the very next day for a trade show in Las Vegas. As often happens when someone’s tired and jetlagged, it was hard to sleep. That morning, I had to get the kids on the bus and drop Mac off at the dogsitter on my way to the airport. Mac absolutely loves car rides, so he jumped right in the third row of my truck and snuggled down. I was on the phone before leaving town and the next thing I knew, I was at the airport. At the first stoplight there, Mac sat up and I saw him in the rear-view mirror. I admit I let loose with some choice words when I realized I’d forgotten to drop him off. I turned right around. He snuggled back down and enjoyed the extra ride while I was sweating bullets about making my overbooked flight with no option to change. I ran about as fast as I ever have through the airport and just made it onto the plane before they shut the door. But I made it, and Mac got a great ride that morning.

Have the Best of Holidays!

Have the best of holidays!

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5 Tips to Help Lessen Holiday Stress

Thanksgiving came and went, and now we’re heading straight into that crazy-making month: December. No matter which holidays you celebrate, the pressure is on. We have some suggestions to help you manage this season and hopefully make it cheery and bright.

  1. Cut back. Will the holiday be miserable if you don’t serve an 8-course dinner? What if the adults in your family draw names and just buy one gift, rather than gifts for everyone? Instead of decorating the house until it’s something Clark Griswold would envy, go low-key: a smaller tree, lights just around the front door rather than across the whole exterior of the house. Do you have someone in your life telling you that “everyone” must attend certain events? Let them go on your behalf.
  2. Make sure everyone gets some “me” time. Mom, Dad, kids—everyone needs a bit of down time. Instead of saying yes to every holiday invitation that comes along, set a maximum—no more than one event per weekend. Then carve out time for everyone to relax.
  3. Ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Ask your spouse, your parents, your kids as they get old enough to pitch in. Holiday gifts don’t have to be perfectly wrapped; let your kids help, even if it’s messy. Your parents might be more than willing to take on side dishes for the holiday meal. And when dinner is over, everyone needs to help clean up. It’ll go much faster, be less stressful—and it might even be fun.
  4. Let go of the idea that things must be perfect. Every smiling family on holiday commercials on TV seem to say: “Be perfect!” But in the end, people aren’t going to remember if your house was spotless or your table perfectly set. They’re going to remember laughter, togetherness and joy. No amount of dust bunnies can disrupt that.
  5. Take shortcuts. You’ve got the next 11 months out of the year to put homemade meals on the table, show up for every piano lesson, or make homemade outfits for the kids to wear in holiday photos. In December? Order outfits online, cancel a few piano lessons (your piano teacher will likely thank you), and don’t hesitate to bring home the family’s favorite Deli Express sandwiches for dinner. Put some carrots and dip on the side, and you’re good to go.


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OK, not this Chuckwagon (but go ahead, tap your feet):

but the Deli Express Chuckwagon!

It was created in 1961. Back in the day, it came with mustard and two pickles—but otherwise, that yummy ham and melty cheese and soft, pillowy bun make up what is one of Deli Express’ top-selling sandwiches.

Don’t you need one today? Of course you do.

It's Tailgating Season

It’s Tailgating Season!

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6 Tips for Tailgating Season

It’s that time of year—football season! Are you ready to tailgate? Here are some tips to get game day off to a great start!

  1. Plan for the weather. Fall is tricky. Will it be hot? Cold? Sunny? Rainy (or even possibly, snowy)? Check the forecast the day before and prepare: Do you need blankets or sunblock?
  2. Bringing the kids? Then bring kids’ activities. The younger the children, the less likely they’re going to want to trade sports stats for hours before the game begins.
  3. Invest in erasable chalk and markers. And go to town proclaiming your loyalty to your favorite team all over your car windows (the erasable chalk ink markers wash right off).
  4. Decorate everything. Basic terra cotta planters can be painted your team’s colors, and then used to hold everything from munchies to silverware. Use paint or colored duct tape to adorn your coolers. Face paint can decorate—well—faces. And who doesn’t like to decorate cookies?
  5. Bring plenty of trash bags. Not only will they help you be a model citizen by cleaning up after yourself, they can be repurposed into rain ponchos if there’s an unexpected downpour.
  6. Make the cooking easy. Enjoy your tailgating even more by bringing Deli Express sandwiches, so you can sit back, relax, and wait for the game to start. Simply buy the night before, cut them into snack-sized bites and load them on a platter. Bring your favorite condiments so everyone can make their own sandwich masterpieces while you smile, knowing how easy it was.
Ways to Enjoy the End of Summer

Ways to Enjoy the End of Summer!

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5 Tips for the End of Summer

It’s almost the end of summer. Days are getting shorter, stores are offering back-to-school sales. But there’s still time to make the most of this glorious season.

  1. Go where you haven’t been, do what you haven’t done. Where haven’t you explored and what haven’t you tried? Rock climbing at a state park an hour away? New exhibit at a museum or zoo? Outdoor yoga class? End the summer by doing and/or seeing something new.
  2. If it’s been a busy summer, relax. Summer can be crazy, especially if you have kids in summer sports. So if it feels like summer whooshed right by, carve out some time before school starts to just relax. Have a family barbecue in the backyard, complete with card games and a bonfire to toast marshmallows. You could even pitch a tent for some low-stress backyard camping. Pro tip: Make it a digital-free event.
  3. Yard games. Badminton, volleyball, slip ‘n’ slides, even water balloons—what can you do that’s silly and fun and doesn’t take more effort than going out your own door?
  4. Enjoy the sun. Take some time and enjoy the sun, either while it’s rising or setting. In fact, if you don’t normally watch the sun rise, give it a try—it’s a great way to start a day.
  5. Go on a picnic. Outdoor meals always taste better. Go to a local park or nature preserve along with your water bottle, some fruit, and your family’s favorite Deli Express sandwiches to make things easy. Then relax and enjoy your surroundings.
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The History of Hot to Go

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We Came a Long Way to Bring You Hot to Go!

This month on our Facebook page (and if you haven’t already, come over to Facebook and like us!), we’ve been highlighting some of our many Hot-to-Go Sandwiches. Deli Express, along with our parent company E.A. Sween, has a long, fun history with providing hot sandwiches for people on the go.

Did you know:

Earl August Sween started a Stewart Sandwich franchise in Bloomington, MN in 1954. Eventually he left Stewart and created a company bearing his name.

There was a big development in the 1970s that changed the Deli Express future: Microwaves began appearing in gas stations as those stations began to evolve into convenience stores. Now customers could buy a refrigerated sandwich, heat it up immediately and have “hot to go”! (Fun fact—Deli Express also offered microwave popcorn then, followed by the first lite microwave popcorn!)

In 1998, we solidified our vision of being able to provide all Americans “on the go” with a Deli Express sandwich, and to this day, we want to do everything to make sure you’re good to go!