From the battlefields to the bunkers to the bases, the U.S. military men and women serving overseas may be far in distance but remain close in hearts and minds. 

In gratitude of their service and sacrifice, Whole Foods Market stores in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington will host a Support Our Troops Cookout this Saturday, May 25 from noon to 3 p.m.

During the cookout, customers can enjoy a hamburger, hotdog, vegetarian burger, choice of side and a drink for a donation of $5. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Forgotten Soldiers. Customers are invited to write letters of encouragement to our troops or donate toiletries or other items to be included in care packages, which will then be sent to U.S. soldiers serving overseas.

The three stores are located at:

·        Whole Foods Market Boca Raton – 1400 Glades Road (561) 447-0000

·        Whole Foods Market Palm Beach Gardens – 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens (561) 691-8550

·        Whole Foods Market Wellington – 2635 State Road 7 (561) 904-4000

“We’ve been proud to partner over the years with such a wonderful organization as Whole Foods Market. It’s truly a way to support our troops,” said Lynelle Chauncey Zelnar, founder and executive director of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. “Our sole mission is to reach out to those troops who receive little to no support from the home front, and many of them are from our own backyards.”

Created in 2003, Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is a nonprofit organization that ships care packages filled with donated items and letters to the men and women of the U.S. military serving overseas. Since its inception, Forgotten Soldiers has delivered care packages to more than 250,000 U.S. troops worldwide from all branches of the military.