Monday, November 1, 2010

With Dunkin' Donuts, Support for the Troops is in the Bag: Purchase Two One-Pound Bags of Dunkin' Donuts Coffee, and Dunkin' Donuts Franchisees Donate Another to the USO

/PRNewswire/ -- With Veterans Day approaching, Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, every day stop for coffee and baked goods, and the USO have brewed up an easy and meaningful way to show support for United States troops. Beginning today and continuing through November 14, for every purchase of two one-pound bags of Dunkin' Donuts' packaged coffee from any participating restaurant or online at, Dunkin' Donuts franchisees will donate an additional one-pound bag to the USO. Over the two-week program, Dunkin' Donuts will donate up to 100,000 pounds of coffee, which will be delivered to USO centers that serve millions of troops and their families.

The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, whose mission is to serve the basic needs of our communities through food for the hungry, safety and children's health, today also announced an $82,500 grant to support the USO's mission to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to troops and their families.

The USO operates approximately 90 centers in the United States that provide programs and services for servicemen and women and their families. USO centers offer free Internet and e-mail access, prepaid international phone cards, entertainment and lounge areas, libraries, travel assistance, and will soon offer America's favorite coffee.

"Dunkin' Donuts has a long history of honoring America's servicemen and women, and we are proud to continue our tradition of supporting the troops through our new partnership with the USO," said John Costello, Chief Global Customer and Marketing Officer at Dunkin' Brands. "By donating a pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee every time our guests purchase two pounds in our restaurants or online, we are making it easy for people to help keep our troops running, while joining us in celebrating the men and women who give selflessly to our country."

Dunkin' Donuts has donated more than 150,000 pounds of coffee to troops deployed overseas since May 2003. The company holds a monthly lottery to randomly select at least 50 United States military members to receive one case of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. During the holiday season, Dunkin' Brands corporate employees also send additional pounds of coffee to the troops.

"We greatly appreciate the commitment shown by Dunkin' Donuts and its franchisees to lift the spirits of troops and their families with a donation of their famous coffee," said Sloan Gibson, USO president. "With Veterans Day approaching, it's an excellent time to remember and support the sacrifices that our troops make for this country throughout the year."

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