Why We Care: The National Military Family Association
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 and Courage Kenny’s ABLE (Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise) program. Now we’d like to tell you about the National Military Family Association (NMFA).
The NMFA is a decades-old organization founded by military wives who wanted to make sure their widowed friends were taken care of. From a few women around a kitchen table, the organization has grown and become a source of everything from scholarships for military spouses who need help with education, career or business goals, to advocacy in Washington, D.C., to Operation Purple Camp, a summer camp free to military members’ children. They spend a week surrounded by other military kids, who will understand what life is like when someone’s parent is in the military. The camp is open to members of all military branches, including the National Guard, Reserve, Space Force and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
E.A. Sween began supporting NMFA in 2005 as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration. Initially the support was in the form of 5 cents for every sandwich sold. But in 2010, E.A. Sween switched to an annual donation of $50,000. To date, the company has donated nearly $1 million to the NMFA.
“At E.A. Sween, we’re all about supporting military families,” said Tom H. Sween, E.A. Sween’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The work the NMFA does for military families is critically important. These people who serve our country—and their families—deserve our support and gratitude.”