Since 2009, we’ve sent 30 tons of Oreos to U.S. military service members deployed in dangerous spots overseas!

Operation Oreo is an annual cookie drive sponsored by Alpharetta Methodist to share our love and respect — and a taste of home — with military men and women who are serving in combat zones and hot spots overseas.

Operation Oreo began with a 2009 chance encounter on a plane when Senior Pastor Dr. Don Martin sat beside young soldier returning from duty in Iraq. Our Director of Contemporary Music,
Stephanie Newton, captures the story in her ballad. Read the story behind the Oreos.

See letters and photos from service members who received Oreos in 2018.

Each year during the month of June, church members and patriotic citizens in the community bring Oreos to the church and place them at the altar. The church encourages those donating cookies to attach a note or written prayer to each package.

Operation Oreo always culminates with a standing-room-only patriotic worship service — on the Sunday before Independence Day — with stacks of Oreos surrounding the altar. The choir and orchestra play patriotic music, and military veterans are recognized.

Operation Oreo is one small – and easy! — way to say thank you to the brave men and women who sacrifice so much to keep us free, and to let them know they are in our constant prayers.

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Operation Oreo 2018

The church sent 5 tons of cookies in 2018, the 9th year of Operation Oreo, to these locations:

  • Elements of the 8th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, a Marine Expeditionary Force stationed in Afghanistan
  • The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Sailors deployed to the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea aboard Phibron 4, an Amphibious Ready Group that includes the USS New York, USS Iwo Jima and USS Oak Hall
  • The Army Reserve’s 336th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 653rd Regional Support Group, Central Command
  • U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, stationed in Bahrain
  • The Army’s 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Division, and 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, serving in Kuwait
  • The Army’s 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, deployed to Qatar

Operation Oreo Notes and Photos

We often get thank you notes and photos from service members after they receive Operation Oreo cookies. Here are a few from summer 2018.

Members of Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, enjoying their Oreos. Click the image for a larger view.
From Naval Support Activity Bahrain, home to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and United States Fifth Fleet.
A thank you note from Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, serving in the Middle East in support of U.S. Central Command, Fifth Fleet and Marine Forces. Click the image for a larger view.
My name is Steve, and first, I would like to say thank you for all the wonderful donations you have sent to our troops overseas and all around the world. Second ,I would like to say thank you for the cookies. They were amazing. From the bottom of my heart, it means the world to me, my fellow military and my family for the support we receive. Again, thank you!
"Thanks for the Oreos!!!!! All the way from Kuwait!"

To all who participated in sending the Oreo care package,

We enjoy reading the notes and eating the cookies. It’s special to know that people in the US are thinking about and praying for the Navy. Seeing the drawings and children’s notes really put a smile on our faces. Thank you.

David White
FDRMC Det Bahrain
USS Gladiator Project Manager


I am the Officer in Charge of Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center Detachment Bahrain. We support the fleet of Navy ships deployed to the Fifth Fleet (Red Sea to Persian Gulf) with repairs and technical assistance. I would like to thank your parishioners for taking the time to not only send a much appreciated case of Oreos, but also put notes on each box letting us
know your appreciation for all that we do out here to keep the ships on mission supporting the freedom that America holds so dear.

CDR Sarah Zarro
FDRMC Det Bahrain OIC


We just received the LARGE drop of Oreos, and it’s brightening spirits. Thank you so much for your support, it means the world to our troops.

Most Respectfully Yours,

1SG Joseph R. Lee III
HHC 155th ABCT
MS Army National Guard Camp Beuhring
Kuwait “Operation Spartan Shield”


A big THANK YOU from all the service members from NSA Bahrain for Operation Oreo! What an amazing gift from your congregation. Thank you for messages, Oreos and little thoughts from home. We salute you!

Christina Mauntel, Chaplain, US Navy


Hello from the Kingdom of Bahrain,

I’d like to personally thank you for the Oreo cookies you sent to us here at Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC), Bahrain Detachment. We enjoyed them.


Cleanzy Pinkney
Marine Surveyor
FDRMC Det. Bahrain


To the wonderful congregation of the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church,

I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for the package of Oreo Cookies I received today. It was a kind gesture that didn’t go unnoticed by myself and the rest of the service personnel here serving in Bahrain.

Thanks again!


Gregg Wells
Marine Surveyor

Want to join us for Operation Oreo 2019?

If you’re a business, church or community organization and want to participate in next year’s Operation Oreo, it’s not too early to sign up! Just send an email to communications@afumc.org to let us know you’re interested. We look forward to working with you to salute our troops!