Eckrich, Operation Homefront and Tenuta’s Food Lane Partner to Honor Military Family

LISLE, Ill., Oct. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eckrich, the makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and savory deli meats, teamed up with Tenuta’s Food Lane and Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families, to honor a West Bloomfield, Mich. military family on Friday. 

Eckrich surprised the Clark family at Tenuta’s Food Lane in Waterford Township, Mich. to honor, thank and support the family for their service. They were presented with a gift of free groceries for one year at Tenuta’s Food Lane, valued at more than $13,000, courtesy of Eckrich. As part of the event, crowds of shoppers were treated to samples of delicious Eckrich smoked sausage and deli meat, live country music and an appearance by Detroit Country radio station 93.1.  

Christopher Clark served in the Army National Guard for nearly 10 years. He was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and received numerous medals and ribbons, including the Army Commendation Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. His wife, Rebekah, is his 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. The family has two children. 

“This is awesome, and we are extremely thankful for companies like Eckrich and Tenuta’s who never stop giving back,” said Rebekah Clark. “You are always military, even when you are not active and that is why it means a lot to be recognized.” 

The surprise is part of the ongoing campaign by Eckrich to honor, thank and support military families through its partnership with Operation Homefront. Eckrich, in its fifth year of partnership with Operation Homefront, has donated more than $2.5 million to the organization since 2012. 

“Eckrich is proud to continue supporting military families across the country,” said Jennifer Zmrhal, Senior Director, Marketing, Smithfield Foods. “We appreciate Tenuta’s partnership and we are honored to present the Clark family with one year of free groceries.” 

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About Eckrich
Founded by Peter Eckrich in 1894, Eckrich has a rich heritage starting from a small meat market in Fort Wayne, Ind. Through it all, Eckrich meats have been recognized for their great taste and supreme quality, craftsmanship, care and pride. For more information, visit

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $14 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly’s®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit

About Operation Homefront
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront builds strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.  With more than 3,200 volunteers nationwide, Operation Homefront has provided assistance to tens of thousands of military families since its inception shortly after 9/11. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to

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