Burger King Franchisees Kick Off Fundraiser for Vets
Donations raised during July will support the VFW’s Unmet Needs program
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 26, 2017) — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is pleased to announce that participating BURGER KING® franchisees are set to kick off their summer fundraiser to benefit the VFW’s Unmet Needs program.
During the month of July, patrons are encouraged to visit any of the 213 participating restaurants located throughout 11 states, and donate $1 or more to the program upon checkout. The fundraising campaign officially begins July 1.
Established in 2004, the Unmet Needs program assists service members and military families experiencing financial hardship by providing financial assistance grants toward basic life necessities like rent, mortgage and utility payments. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded, and to date, Unmet Needs has provided more than $7 million in aid to struggling service members, veterans and their families.
Since 2007, BURGER KING® franchisees and their customers have contributed more than $4.3 million to the VFW Unmet Needs program, directly assisting more than 4,100 veterans and military families.
“The support BURGER KING® franchisees and their loyal patrons provide is vital to ensuring America’s military and veterans’ families receive the support they deserve, when they need it most,” said VFW National Commander Brian Duffy. “Wherever your summer plans may take you, I encourage VFW members and all Americans, to stop by a local participating restaurant and show your support for America’s heroes.”
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 us on Facebook and Twitter.
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 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,500 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 www.vfw.org.