James Waters of Concord, right, an Army veteran and local owner of Subway restaurants, presents $2,400 in Subway gift cards to USO North Carolina team members, from left, Kathy Bull, Julie Milani and Steve Sellers, at the USO Center located at Charlotte Douglas International Airport where service members are traveling for the holidays. Charlotte is one of nearly 100 Subway markets across the country that participated in a fall campaign to support the USO. (Photo from USO NC)


CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Jan. 3, 2019) – More than 7,000 local Subway® restaurants across the United States, including sub shops in Charlotte, Greenville-New Bern, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington areas, raised $78,000 for the United Service Organizations (USO) in support of America’s service members and their families. As part of the donation, Subway provided 5,000 meals in the form of Subway gift cards to bring the troops and their families together at local USO Centers across the U.S.

On a local level, James Waters, owner of the Subway restaurant in Concord who served the Army in Iraq during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, was honored to present Subway gift cards on behalf of the Subway brand to the USO of North Carolina for distribution to military personnel.

“I was away from home during the holidays and the USO planned so many activities that meant a lot to us,” said Waters. “We are proud to be part of this effort to support USO’s mission.”

During the promotion, guests were encouraged to add a drink to their meal at participating Subway restaurants from Aug. 17 through Nov. 1, 2018.  The donation was based on contributions from participating Subway markets; drink purchases did not result in a donation to USO. This is an example of how Subway and Coca-Cola are serving as a Force Behind the ForcesSM by helping the USO keep service members connected to family, home and country. 


“The USO is so appreciative of its partnership with Subway and Coca-Cola and we look forward to supporting our service members, together,” said John Falkenbury, president and CEO of USO North Carolina.


About the USO: The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected 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, nonprofit 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 and


About Subway® Restaurants: Subway offers a fresh alternative to traditional fast food, serving 7 million made-to-order sandwiches a day. Guests choose from over 4.9 billion combinations of quality proteins, fresh vegetables, and bread baked daily in the U.S. The world’s largest restaurant chain serves nutritious options and delicious subs, soups, and salads at about 44,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. The Subwayexperience is also delivered online at, through, and the Subway® App, available at the Apple App Storeand Google Play.


Founded by then 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family friend Dr. Peter Buck more than 52 years ago, Subway is still a family-owned business, working with more than 21,000 dedicated franchisees in communities around the world.


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