Friday Food News: Sending Cheer to Military Families

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Since today is Veteran's Day, would you like a great, easy way to say thank you to a soldier and their family? With the help of Cheerios and the USO, it's as easy as buying a box of cereal.

Did you know that there are more than 1.4 million active duty military members supported by more than 3.6 million family members, and 70 percent of married active duty military members have children? Military families, whether on bases or in their communities, often face separation, relocations, single parenting duties and economic stress.

Cheerios and the USO invite you to show your appreciation by sending a simple "thank you" using the "Cheer" postcard found on the front of specially marked boxes of Cheerios. Just purchase a box, clip the postcard from the front (follow the dotted lines), write a message of cheer on the back, add postage and drop in the mail. The USO will distribute them on bases and in USO centers to military families.

Even better, for each postcard received, Cheerios will donate $1 to the USO to help support programs for military families. Cheerios has already donated $150,000 and will donate up to an additional $100,000 based upon the number of postcards received by November 30, 2012. Donations also help the USO expand programs for families including With You All the Way, United Through Reading's Military Program, and Operation Phone Home.

To learn more about the USO and their programs, visit

Shannon is a Canadian mom to her two little Texans, now living in Colorado, and the author of
'?? '?? What'??s for Lunch at Our House,'? her blog detailing the adventures of feeding her children.

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