MIDWEST CITY , Okla. - A metro military family got quite the surprise Wednesday.
The Roden family showed up to Crest Foods in Midwest City with the intention to volunteer at an event.
Little did they know they were about to receive thousands of dollars worth of free groceries.
With the help of Operation Homefront, Crest Foods and Eckrich, a meat brand company, the family was able to stock up on everything from sausage to bacon, chips and juice.
When the Rodens went to check out, they received another surprise.
"As our appreciation, we'd like to present you with $5,000 worth of groceries," said Kevin Quick, Crest Foods General Manager.
This is an immediate stress reliever for the family of five.
"It frees up money to take care of other things, and that's always nice to have," said Patrick Roden.
Patrick enlisted in the Army in 2002.
The Private First Class went to Iraq in 2003 and was later medically discharged.
His family is proud, including his wife.
"Thank you, and thanks for making it home to me," said Amanda Roden.
As for the kids, they had a blast in the food aisles.
"I was grabbing pretty much everything I could carry that they allowed us to grab," said Derek Roden.
Not holding back on their favorite staple foods.
"Bacon!" said Grace Roden.
This family was handpicked by Operation Homefront, a nonprofit serving military families.
They partner with Eckrich, making all of this possible.
"They sacrifice so much, and they do so much as a family, so it's our way of saying thank you," said Hannah Meadors, Eckrich.
It was a gesture the family will never forget.
"That's one of the reasons why I love being here," Roden said. "Oklahoma seems to be a very appreciative community."
KFOR crews asked the family how far $5,000 worth of groceries will go.
They estimated the money could buy them four-six months worth of food.