Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and Country Living Magazine Announce "Flip It Forward Day" to Support USO

02/10/2016

One-day event will help USO provide aid to America’s military service members through national pancake breakfast fundraiser

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and Country Living magazine today announced “Flip It Forward Day,” a nationwide fundraiser to support America’s heroes and the United Service Organizations (USO). On Thursday, March 3, 2016, guests may join Cracker Barrel from opening until 2 p.m. at all 635 locations nationwide to lend their support by purchasing Momma’s Pancake Breakfast®. Cracker Barrel will donate 20 percent of the sales price for each sold, up to $50,000, to the USO.

“At Cracker Barrel, we are proud to be a trusted home-away-from-home for millions of guests and even prouder to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who keep our country safe,” said Cracker Barrel Old Country Store President and Chief Executive Officer Sandy Cochran. “With the support of Country Living, the first ‘Flip It Forward Day’ is an opportunity for guests to join us in supporting military families through our partnership with the USO while also enjoying a delicious country-style breakfast.”

Momma’s Pancake Breakfast features three freshly made buttermilk pancakes served with 100 percent pure natural syrup served warm, plus two eggs cooked to order and a choice of smoked sausage patties, thick sliced bacon, turkey sausage or turkey bacon.

“Flip It Forward Day” is featured in the March issue of Country Living, the definitive guide to the country lifestyle, on newsstands now.

“Country Living is a magazine that embraces all of the greatest things about life in the country and life in this country—a life that wouldn't be possible without the service of the brave men and women in our military,” said Country Living Editor-in-Chief Rachel Hardage Barrett. "On any given day, community members across the country come together in the name of pancakes to raise money for a host of worthy causes. We're thrilled to partner with Cracker Barrel on the first ‘Flip It Forward Day,’ which will embrace this small-town spirit of giving on a larger scale."

Through many programs, services and nearly 200 locations around the world, the USO has delivered a touch of home to our men and women in the U.S. military and their families throughout their service. The USO operates on every continent except Antarctica, with thousands of staff and volunteers whose goal is to provide best-in-class service to those who sacrifice so much for America.

“For 75 years, the USO has served the men and women of our U.S. military and their families, connecting them to family, home and country throughout their service," said USO Vice President of Corporate Alliances Michael Hoar. “Our work would not be possible without the support of partners like Cracker Barrel and Country Living, who are supporting programs like ‘Flip It Forward Day’ so that we may continue to assist our nation’s military service members.”

Cracker Barrel and the Cracker Barrel Foundation have long supported military-focused nonprofits and charitable initiatives, including the National Military Family Association, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, United Through Reading, and the National Museum of the United States Army. In 2015, Cracker Barrel donated more than $160,000 to the USO through a Veterans Day promotion and its second-annual Four-Star Salute®, an online charity auction, sweepstakes and in-store promotion.

More information on “Flip It Forward Day” and Cracker Barrel locations is available at crackerbarrel.com/flipitforward and countryliving.com/flipitforward.

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 635 company-owned locations in 42 states. Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2015 Consumer Picks survey named Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® the winner in two Family-Dining Restaurants categories – Menu Variety and Atmosphere. For more information about the company, visit crackerbarrel.com.

About Country Living
Country Living (www.countryliving.com) is a shelter-lifestyle magazine focusing on a variety of topics including decorating, antiques, cooking, travel, remodeling and gardening. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Country Living publishes a United Kingdom edition. Country Living is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst (www.hearst.com), one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies with interests in magazines, newspapers, digital media, business media and television. With 21 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation (AAM 2H 2014), reaching 78 million readers (Spring 2015 MRI gfk) and 54 million site visitors each month (comScore). Follow Country Living on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

About the USO
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by maintaining their connections to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

Media Contacts:

Cracker Barrel 
Breeanna Straessle
breeanna.straessle@crackerbarrel.com
615-443-9589

Country Living
Carrie Carlson
carriecarlson@hearst.com
212-649-2617

USO
Sarah Camille Hipp
schipp@uso.org
703-579-0882