BK® Annual Campaign Kicks Off in Support of the VFW
Funds raised during November support struggling military and veteran families
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (November 5, 2019) — The Veterans of Foreign Wars is pleased to announce nearly 800 participating BURGER KING® restaurants will be raising funds throughout the month of November in support of the VFW’s Unmet Needs program. BURGER KING® customers are encouraged to donate $1 or more to the program with their purchase.
“Military and veteran families can count on the VFW when their military service causes unexpected financial hardship,” said VFW National Commander William “Doc” Schmitz. “But it’s because of the loyal and continued support from thousands of BURGER KING® franchisees and patrons that we’re able to provide those families with the vital support they need to get through the tough and trying times.”
The VFW Unmet Needs program provides grants of up to $1,500 to service members and military families who experience times of financial hardship due to military service. The grants help with basic life necessities like rent, mortgage and utility payments, vehicle repair, medical expenses and food. Since its inception in 2004, Unmet Needs has awarded more than $11.4 million in assistance to more than 10,200 service members, veterans and their families.
Since 2007, BURGER KING® franchisees have raised more than $6 million in support of the program. The fundraising campaign, now in its 13th year, raised nearly $800,000 in 2018.
Hundreds of locations nationwide participated in last year’s fundraising campaign with even higher participation expected this year.
About the VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,200 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at vfw.org.
About the BURGER KING® brand: Founded in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates more than 15,000 locations in approximately 100 countries and U.S. territories. Almost 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. The BURGER KING® brand is owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX,NYSE:QSR), one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $27 billion in system sales and over 23,000 restaurants. To learn more about the BURGER KING® brand, please visit the BURGER KING® brand website at www.bk.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.