04/23/2012 07:35 pm ET | Updated Jun 23, 2012

How Your Salad Dressing and Lemonade Purchases Are Supporting Military Families Nationwide

In 2011, the Newman's Own Foundation, through a partnership with Fisher House Foundation, awarded the Armed Services YMCA a $300,000 grant to serve military families thru 2012.

The Newman's Own Foundation donates all net royalties and profits after taxes it receives from the sale of Newman's Own products to Charity. To date, Paul Newman and Newman's Own Foundation have given over $300 million to thousands of charities around the world. One of those charities luck enough to partner, is the Armed Services YMCA.

The grant provides family support for military families nationwide and has already impacted thousands of military and their families. The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) distributed program grants ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 to support programs at ASYMCA locations serving Marine and Army families, including:

• Camp Pendleton, California.
• 29 Palms, California.
• Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
• Wheeler Army Air Field and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
• Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
• Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
• Fort Hood, Texas.
• Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Free ASYMCA programs target junior enlisted and their families, who are typically younger and have more financial and emotional burdens without nearby family to assist. As of March 2012, more than $200,000 has been provided in support of thousands of military and their families. Direct support has included: emergency assistance, respite for medical issues, summer camp opportunities for low income families, diapers, groceries, car repairs, emergency housing, house fires, and support for travel and respite for families of Wounded Warriors.

We would like to thank our friends at Newman's Own for their generous donation, as well as the Fisher House for facilitating the Newman's Own award. We are proud to partner to make military life easier and help our junior enlisted military and their families "pay it forward" by eliminating problems today or ensuring they don't become greater ones tomorrow.

For one Marine father from 29 Palms, California, the grant " brought peace of mind to know (his) family would be taken care of when he deployed " and know his "family would not be alone with no one to turn to."

We would also like to thank our friends at the Fisher House Foundation, a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

And last, but not least, we would like to thank the great, conscientious consumers who continue to buy Newman's Own products. In this day and age of corporate responsibility, celebrity and giving back -- Paul Newman and the Newman's Own Foundation set the bar. We would like to raise a glass of Newman's Own Lemonade in his honor, for it is his legacy of "Shameless Exploitation In Pursuit Of The Common Good" that continues to impact military and their families and thousands of other worthy Charities today in 2012.

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