For its second year, the Cracker Barrel here took over the Easter cooking responsibilities from military families.
Friday, the restaurant teamed up with nonprofit Operation Homefront to provide ready-made meals for 400 families across the United States. The Dayton location handed out 25 to kits full of sugar-cured ham, sides, dessert and iced tea. The boxed meals serve up to ten people.
“These meals are so simple that they can spend more time with their family without all of the hassle of having to prep and go to the store and cook everything,” said Kari Williams, the general manager at the Dayton Cracker Barrel.
Many of the families relocated for their assignments and were spending Easter far from relatives.
“It can sometimes be a little emotional,” said Jaclynn Cormier, a military spouse originally from Seattle, Washington. “Just to have that meal be able to sit around with my small family… it makes it really nice.”
Some service members explained they consider quality time over a meal to be a luxury.
“A lot of times we’re gone away from our families, whether it’s deployment or just doing some temporary training,” said Ashely Fuquay, an Air Force tech sergeant. “It can be weeks, months on end. So it’s valuable… to spend quality time with family and make those memories.”
You can learn more about Operation Homefront here.
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