Eckrich, Safeway partner to celebrate local military family

Eckrich, Safeway partner to celebrate local military family
Eckrich surprised an Arizona military family with a year of free groceries, a total value of $13,000. The gift, awarded in collaboration with Safeway, is part of Eckrich's commitment to honor, thank and support military families. (Source: Eckrich)

VAIL, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Eckrich, makers of naturally hardwood smoked sausage and perfectly seasoned deli meats, recently surprised one special Arizona military family with a year of free groceries, a total value of more than $13,000.

This gift, awarded in collaboration with Safeway, is part of Eckrich's ongoing commitment to honor, thank, and support military families across the country.

Derrick Johnson is a technical sergeant in the United States Air Force, serving as a noncommissioned officer in charge of aircrew training for the 41st Electronic Combat Squadron. He has deployed three times to Afghanistan in his 12-year Air Force career. Derrick and his wife, Aubree, have five children.

"This gift of groceries for a year will help our family immensely," said Tech. Sgt. Johnson. "With five children, groceries are our largest expense, and we can now put that money toward other important bills. We can't thank Eckrich and Safeway enough for their support."

"Eckrich is proud to recognize the service of Tech. Sgt. Johnson and his family," said Michael Baughman, Smithfield Foods director of marketing. "We acknowledge that both he and his family have sacrificed so much in his service to our country. This gift of free groceries for a year is a small sign of our appreciation for all that they have given."

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