TAMPA, Fla. – The Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF) announced today that they raised a total of $357,520 during their annual fundraiser, with the support of participating franchise Taco Bell and IHOP locations throughout the southeastern U.S.
Nearly 300 Taco Bell and IHOP locations participated in this year’s fundraising drive, which lasted Nov. 2-22.
AFFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides 100 percent of the funds raised to the development of permanent or semi-permanent infrastructure projects to help military families. The proceeds raised through the campaign will stay in the community where they were raised and will help fund local projects that support the families of those serving in military.
“We are so thankful for the outpouring of support that we received this year, both from the public and our partners,” said John Wright, a board member of AFFF. “100 percent of all proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to projects that benefit military members and their families. We invite donors and those interested in helping us on this mission to visit our website to learn more about AFFF and stay up to date on new projects in their communities.”
To date, the Armed Forces Families Foundation has raised and given back more than $1.3 million to benefit military families. Recent projects include:
- $46,000 to install a new playground, accessible to over 300 families stationed on MacDill Airforce Base
- $55,000 to refresh and renovate the USOs at Nashville International Airport and Fort Campbell
- $40,000 renovation of the six-lane bowling alley at the Charlotte N.C. VA medical Center
- $30,000 to purchase playground equipment for Naval Station Mayport’s Lake Wonderwood Trail Project.
To learn more about AFFF, lend your support or receive updates on new projects, visit www.armedforcesfamiles.org.
About Armed Forces Families Foundation:
The Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF), together with participating Taco Bell restaurants, are proud Supporters of America’s Armed Forces and their families. The ARMED FORCES FAMILIES FOUNDATION with its Taco Bell partners have raised over 1.3 MILLION DOLLARS. 100% of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom. For more information, please visit http://www.armedforcesfamilies.org/
About Taco Bell
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.
About International House of Pancakes
For 58 years, IHOP has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. The chain offers 65 different signature, fresh, made-to-order breakfast options, a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items as well as meals under 600 calories. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of June 30, 2016, there were 1,685 IHOP restaurants in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, The Philippines, and Panama. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) and its affiliates.