New Albany, Ohio – August 31, 2022 – Bob Evans Farms, Inc. Today announced its partnership with actor and philanthropist, Gary Sinise, in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation (GSF) as part of the “Make a Difference, Bite by Bite” initiative. The partnership with GSF will support initiatives focused on the mental health and well-being of active duty military personnel, veterans and their families through a donation of $75,000 to the nonprofit. Making a Difference, Bite by Bite is part of Bob Evans’ FarmsGreetings from our farm“The program that provides charitable support, increasing interest and gratitude to the military and servicemen of our country.
In addition to the donation, Bob Evans® and Owens® private label products will proudly turn purple to symbolize and honor all branches of the military. The package design features GSF to demonstrate the organizations’ partnership and shared commitment to military and veteran mental health. Specially featured products will be available for purchase in stores across the country during Veterans Day, November 11, 2022.
“As a veteran, our founder Bob Evans has been committed to supporting America’s active military and service members, as well as their families, and all who have served our country with pride. Entering the second year of making a difference, Bite by Bite, Mark Delahanti, President and CEO of Bob Evans, said We honor his legacy by working to increase awareness of our military through our purple packaging and the continued support of the Gary Sinise Farms Foundation.
“Here at Bob Evans Farms, we really appreciate the importance of family and home, especially for military families who often have to endure mental and physical wounds of war,” said Thyme Hill, Chief Marketing Officer, Bob Evans Farms. “We are proud to partner with the Gary Sinise Foundation to provide active duty military personnel, veterans and their families with much-needed support and recognition for their courage and sacrifice.”
“We are thrilled to work with Bob Evans Farms this year to help active military and veterans feed their families and their lives,” said Gary Sinise, founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. “Like our foundation, Bob Evans Farms believes there is always more we can do to show our appreciation for the military. With the support of GSF, Bob Evans Farms helps us improve the mental health of the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.”
To date, GSF has assisted and supported nearly 2,000 veterans, first responders, and active-duty members through the Foundation’s seven Boulder Crest retreats, Warrior’s Heart for substance abuse relief, and through Brothers at War seminars. The donation from Bob Evans Farms will directly benefit the development of mental health programs, especially care for those suffering from post-traumatic stress and the unseen wounds of war.
Consumers can find more information about this year’s initiative and how it will reduce the stigma around mental health challenges affecting the national military by visiting OurFarmSalutes.com.
About Bob Evans Farms, Inc.
Bob Evans Farms offers fast food table and farm-inspired food that makes mealtime a little easier and delicious. Founded in 1948 by Bob Evans, the company originated as a sausage company and has since expanded to include healthy favorites such as mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese products, which are the best-selling refrigerated dinner dishes in the United States*. Bob Evans Farms is also a leading producer and distributor in the chilled and frozen breakfast categories with a product portfolio that includes the flagship Bob Evans brand, as well as Simply Potatoes, Egg Beaters and Owens Sausage, sold in grocery stores nationwide. The company is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio and is owned by Post Holdings, Inc. It is a holding company for consumer packaged goods. For more information visit www.bobevansgrocery.com.