Frozen sandwich processorDeli Express, Eden Prairie, Minn., said that after making a  2010 second quarter donation of $50,745, it has surpassed $250,000 in total donations to theNational Military Family Association, an organization dedicated to serving family members of military service members.

Officials said Deli Express has been donating a portion of sales of its hot and cold sandwiches and bakery items sold overseas in Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Shoppettes (on-base convenience stores) since 2006. This year, the company expanded its donation program to include AAFES Shoppettes domestically.  With the worldwide program expansion, Deli Express expects to donate an additional $100,000 to the National Military Family Association yet this year.

Deli Express donations on behalf of AAFES contributed to the Association’s military spouse scholarship program, which has awarded 560 scholarships to military spouses since 2004, and contributed to Operation Purple® summer camps, which is hosting 10,000 children of deployed service members this year at 68 camps throughout the U.S., Guam and Germany.

“It is an honor to give back to the U.S. military service members who leave their friends and families and risk their lives to protect us,” said Tom H. Sween, Deli Express president. “We are pleased that we were able to expand our donation program this year. And we are delighted that our donations have made a difference in the lives of so many U.S. military families.”

A division of the E.A. Sween Company, Deli Express says it supplies hot and cold sandwiches to more than 26,000 convenience stores, grocery stores, drug stores, vending and other food outlets nationwide.