Carando & Big Y Supermarkets Partnered To Serve National Guard Holiday Feast

WESTFIELD, Mass. – Carando®, the artisans of Classic Italian Meats, and Big Y Supermarkets partnered to host a special luncheon to show gratitude for the brave men and women of the 104th Fighter Wing and Army Aviation Support Facility #2 at  Barnes Air National Guard Base.

The hundreds of service members in attendance were served a feast of Carando premium dinner hams, green beans, oven roasted potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and cake. During the festive lunch, each military member was also provided with a holiday gift bag.

With one of its production facilities located in nearbySpringfield, Massachusetts, Carando has directly seen the displays of valor and selflessness that the men and women of the Massachusetts Air and Army National Guard have made. The brand wanted to share some holiday cheer with its hometown heroes who protect the nation's freedom.

"We can never take for granted all of the sacrifices that our military makes for us," said Michael Paribello, Smithfield Foods senior director of marketing. "We are extremely grateful for partners like Big Y Supermarkets who place the same importance on honoring those who serve. This meal is just our way of saying 'thank you' for all of their dedication to our country."

The meal is part of the ongoing Carando Caresprogram, an initiative which supports organizations that are making a positive difference in local communities. Since the program's inception, Carando Cares has made more than $250,000 in monetary and in-kind donations.

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Carando is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

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