Partnership to Deliver Taste of Home to Military Members, Boost Morale and Support Critical Services at USO of North Carolina Centers and Programs
RALEIGH, NC (April 2, 2015) – The USO of North Carolina is proud to welcome the newest member of its Patriot Circle is Community Coffee Company, the largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America.
Through the partnership, Community Coffee Company will include in-kind coffee products, sourced from the top 10 percent of coffee beans in the world, to be served at the five USO of North Carolina centers, mobile center and key events, along with a donation to support statewide education, health and human service programs and career transition programs.
The USO of North Carolina touches more than 556,000 lives annually, helping our troops and their families through education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state. The Patriot Circle is an elite group of corporate donors that demonstrate their support of the troops and their families by their support of the critical programs offered by the USO of North Carolina.
Community Coffee Company, now in its 96th year, has been operated by four generations of the Saurage family since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees, using only 100% Arabica coffee beans. Each of Community Coffee Company’s high-quality coffees has rich flavor, a delicate aroma and a smooth, satisfying finish. Over a decade ago, the company began supporting military personnel by shipping pallets of coffee overseas. Over the past five years, Community Coffee has been thanking the men and women in the U.S. Military by doubling customer coffee orders for free through its Military Match program. This past year, Community Coffee Company reached a new landmark with more than 55,000 pounds of coffee shipped to overseas military personnel since the program’s inception.
“As a family-owned and operated company, we understand the difference family makes. That’s why supporting our military through the USO of North Carolina’s services and our Military Match program creates an amazing partnership with our country’s military heroes and their families,” said David Belanger, President and CEO of Community Coffee Company. “We believe every military serviceman and servicewoman should enjoy a rich, smooth cup of Community® coffee and we’re deeply honored to serve those who are serving our country.”
Key USO of North Carolina programs that Community Coffee will support include:
- Armed Forces Month in May
- NC Fore the Troops Pro Am at the Rex Open in May
- NC Salute to Freedom Gala in October
- Holiday for Heroes in November and December
- Sampling opportunities at select events
- Product offerings at USO of NC center activities
“We’re proud to partner with Community Coffee to support our military members across North Carolina,” said John Falkenbury, president of the USO of North Carolina. “Their commitment to our country’s military is inspiring, and it’s an honor to be able to welcome them as a Patriot Circle member.”
About Community Coffee Company
Now in its 96th year, Community Coffee Company is the largest family owned and operated retail coffee brand in America, and four generations of the Saurage family have operated the company since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees and teas, using only 100% Arabica coffee beans.
About the USO of NC
The USO of North Carolina leads the way to enrich the lives of America’s military in the Carolinas. Its mission is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families. Founded in 1941, the USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC touches more than 556,000 lives annually, helping our troops and their families through education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state.
Through the Every Moment Counts campaign, the USO of NC is rallying businesses and individuals to support our troops and create everyday moments that Americans take for granted. The USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC is supported by Bank of America, Cannon Foundation, Geico, Harris Teeter, Lenovo, Marine Federal Credit Union, and The Pantry. The Combined Federal Campaign donors have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO of NC.