Burger King Restaurants Surpass $1.7 Million in Donations to Unmet Needs Program

November promotion raises $450,000 for military families

KANSAS CITY, MO., March 6, 2012 - For the fifth consecutive year, participating Burger King® Restaurants raised funds for the VFW Unmet Needs Program, which provides emergency financial assistance to military families.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation is proud to announce this year’s promotion raised $450,000, bringing the five-year donation total to over $1.7 million. Burger King® customers were encouraged to donate $1 or more at participating locations across the country with the proceeds helping military families in need. 

“Each year I am continually impressed with the work of Burger King® Restaurants and their fantastic customers,” said VFW Foundation President Allen “Gunner” Kent. “The Unmet Needs Program assists military families when they are in their greatest time of financial need and Burger King® Restaurants have continually made it clear that they are standing tall with the VFW to provide the support our military families so desperately need.” 

“Burger King® Restaurants are proud to support America’s military families and we appreciate the support of all of our great customers in assisting those who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Burger King® Franchisee Owner and VFW Foundation Board Member Mike DeRosa. “In five years, to be able to donate $1.7 million and to hear the many great stories of those that have been helped through this initiative has been simply amazing.”

Since 2007, over 1,200 Burger King® Restaurants in 24 states have participated in the November Unmet Needs promotion.

Since 2004, the VFW Unmet Needs Program has provided over $4.3 million in financial assistance to over 3,100 deserving military families. The program assists with basic life needs such as rent, mortgage, utilities, vehicle repair, medical expenses or food/basic assistance.  Funds are available to all five branches of the military, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserves. Assistance is awarded in the form of a grant, not a loan, so recipients are not required to repay it. The money is paid directly to the creditor, not to the individual.

To learn more about the VFW Unmet Needs Program, please visit www.unmetneeds.com.

For more information about Burger King® Restaurants, please visit www.bk.com

About the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation:  

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation is the official charity of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), America’s largest organization for combat veterans. Its mission is to support programs and services that provide emergency financial assistance for military families, free phone calls for deployed troops, VIP treatment for service members and their families at entertainment events, morale boosting events for military units, and critical services that guide veterans through VA entitlement claims. These programs and services are provided at no cost to the recipients. The VFW Foundation is one of the nation’s highest rated 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. For more information, please visit www.vfwfoundation.org.