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Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Receives $25,000 Grant from the Cracker Barrel Foundation

Aug 12, 2015

Jacksonville Beach, Fla. — Helping to bridge the gap in the cost of education for the hundreds of incoming college students who lost a parent serving in the line of duty, the Cracker Barrel Foundation made a $25,000 grant to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation in continued support of the company’s commitment to military personnel and its mission to strengthen higher education offerings. 

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation serves families across the country and will direct 100 percent of this gift to scholarships for children who have lost an active duty military parent.

"Often times, people think Veterans Affairs benefits and other government programs are enough," said chief operations officer John Coogan. "The reality is, many families are facing an average cost gap of $8,000 annually for a four-year degree."

The Cracker Barrel Foundation seeks to strengthen the communities where its employees live and work with an emphasis on causes related to education, human services and cultural and environmental affairs.

"Through the years, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has remained committed to serving our country’s military men, women and their families,” said Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Chief People Officer Beverly Carmichael. “This commitment makes Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation an ideal recipient of the grant. We’re grateful to partner with such a well-established organization that has helped so many military families in need."

The Cracker Barrel foundation gives special consideration to programs addressing children, youth and family issues, all of which are part of the work the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation does throughout the United States for all branches of the armed forces.

The death of a parent serving in the military is principally a family issue, resulting in complex emotional and financial burdens that can significantly impact the quality of life for those left behind.

“I look at my kids and think, ‘They are okay now, but will they be okay 10 years from now?’” said Theresa Jones, a mother of two who lost her husband, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones, in a helicopter accident in 2013. “Will they have to continue to sacrifice for the rest of their lives because of the situation we are in?”

Building upon a history of bringing families together, gifts like these help a deserving group of families heal by allowing their children to achieve the dreams their fallen parents had for them.

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About Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation honors the sacrifices of military heroes by ensuring the success of their children through college education. Since 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots has provided more than $9.2 million in total assistance, including college scholarships, supplemental grants and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Nearly 20,000 children from all across America will need future assistance. Help today by visiting fallenpatriots.org.

About Cracker Barrel Foundation

The Cracker Barrel Foundation seeks to strengthen and preserve our community by supporting programs in the areas of education, human services, cultural affairs, and the environment.  Special consideration is given to programs which address children, youth and family issues, and emphasize traditional values such as hard work, education, and self-reliance.  Since 1996, the Cracker Barrel Foundation has awarded over 700 scholarships and provided over 1300 grants to charitable organizations in communities across the country.  To learn more, visit www.crackerbarrel.com/foundation.

About Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage . . . all at a fair price. The restaurants serve up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as our signature biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 637 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel store is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit: crackerbarrel.com.

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