The Middletown Burger King was recently honored with a plaque from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for the restaurant's support of the VFW's Unmet Needs program in which Burger King franchises have contributed more than $5.3 million to veterans in need.

The Middletown Burger King is joining with Burger King restaurants throughout the country this month to help the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation.

For the 12th consecutive year, Burger King franchisees are hosting a fundraiser throughout November to benefit the VFW Unmet Needs program.

Patrons of participating Burger King restaurants are encouraged to donate $1 or more to the Unmet Needs program with the purchase of their meal.

Through its annual fundraiser, Burger King franchises have contributed more than $5.3 million to the program to date.

The Middletown Burger King is located at 600 Ash Boulevard, just off of southbound U.S. Route 301.

The Unmet Needs program assists service members and military families during times of financial hardship. By providing financial grants of up to $1,500 the program is able to help with basic life necessities like rent, mortgage and utility payments, vehicle repair, medical expenses and food/basic assistance. Since 2004, the Unmet Needs program has provided approximately $10.5 million in aid to U.S. service members, veterans and their families in crisis.

Middletown Burger King franchise owner Frank Czerwinski said the VFW’s Unmet Needs program has provided much-needed financial assistance to military families since 2004 and with the help of generous contributions from Burger King customers, the program has helped more than 3,000 military families across the U.S.

"For our restaurants, all of the money raised will stay right here in Delaware to help local military families. We will be promoting this fundraiser at all six of our Delaware locations in Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Camden, Dover, Middletown and Bear," said Czerwinski.

The Middletown Burger King was recently recognized with a plaque from the VFW for the restaurant's support of the Unmet Needs program.

VFW Foundation manager Richard Freiburghouse said all too often, America’s service members, veterans and their families face incredibly difficult challenges.

"The VFW is dedicated to ensuring financial hardship isn’t one," said Freiburghouse. "The support we receive from participating Burger King franchisees and their loyal customers is crucial in ensuring the Unmet Needs program continues to provide our brave heroes with the support they need and deserve during life’s most difficult times. Together, we can ensure the needs of America’s heroes and their families never go unmet."