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Stater Bros. Charities and PepsiCo Donate $50,000 to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

April 04, 2024 2:41 PM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA (April 4, 2024) – Stater Bros. Markets and PepsiCo associates gathered to commemorate PepsiCo’s 9th annual “Rolling Remembrance,” a 14,000+ mile long relay that honors military heroes who lost their lives while serving the United States. This cross-country relay embarks from Seattle, transporting an American flag first flown on a UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. PepsiCo’s extensive network of veteran drivers will pass off the flag to each other at different relay points. The relay will conclude at PepsiCo headquarters in Purchase, N.Y., right before Memorial Day, on May 23.

During the stop at Stater Bros. Markets’ headquarters on Thursday, March 28, Stater Bros. Charities and PepsiCo presented a $50,000 donation to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, an organization that provides college scholarships and educational counseling to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Since 2017, this partnership has donated the equivalent of 56 years of college for Fallen Patriots scholars.

“We are very grateful for our continued partnership with PepsiCo and Children of Fallen Patriots. Supporting the education of the children of the heroes that lost their lives serving our country is just one way we can honor their memory,” stated Nancy Negrette, Chairman and President of Stater Bros. Charities. Funds will assist families of service members from all branches of the armed forces who have died as a result of combat casualties, military training accidents, service-related illnesses, suicide, as well as other duty-related deaths as ruled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Meet Abbie Wittwer, a Children of Fallen Patriots scholarship recipient. 

Abbie is the daughter of Lieutenant Commander Frank Wittwer, who passed away in 2006. Abbie says her dad “loved being a pilot and serving his country, but he also loved being a dad, and he was great at both.”

Abbie says, “The scholarships I have received from Fallen Patriots let me pursue my degree full-time, without worrying about going into debt. I would not have been the student I was, or the person I am, without the support of Fallen Patriots.” Abbie graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2022, completely debt-free thanks to Children of Fallen Patriots.

There are approximately 25,000 children who have lost a parent in the line of duty over the past 35 years. The vision of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is to ensure that every such child receives all necessary college funding. To donate and learn more, visit Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Good job Stater Bros.!

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