Operation Oreo 2019 kicks off June 1!

10 years: 30 TONS of cookies

Each year during the month of June, Alpharetta Methodist, members of area United Methodist Churches and patriotic citizens collect Oreos to send to members of the armed forces who are deployed in dangerous spots around the world.

Operation Oreo always culminates with standing-room-only patriotic worship services — at 9 and 11 a.m. 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.

Since 2009, Alpharetta Methodist — with the help of the community and United Methodist Churches in the North Georgia District — has sent 30 tons of Oreos to service members deployed around the globe. Read the story behind the Oreos.

You can help! 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 2019 Goal & Destinations

Our goal is to celebrate Operation Oreo’s 10th anniversary by collecting 5 tons of Oreos.

The cookies will be dedicated on PATRIOTIC SUNDAY,
June 30, during worship services at 9 and 11 a.m.

The Oreos will be shipped to:

  • 2,500+ members of 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Ga. Army National Guard, Macon, Ga.) including elements of the 121st Infantry’s Bravo, Delta and HHC companies; Alpha Battery, 118th Field Artillery; and Troop A, 1st Battalion, 108th Cavalry
  • 500+ Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery (Ft. Bliss, Tx.) serving with Central Command Middle East
  • 2,200+ Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force (Camp Pendleton, Ca.) including 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit GCE (Ground Combat Element), 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines; ACE-VMM 163 (Helicopter Medium Squadron Tilt Rotor); and CLB 11 (Combat Logistics Battalion), 1st Combat Logistics
  • 1,800+ Sailors from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Amphibious Ready Group consisting of the USS Boxer, USS John Murtha and USS Harpers Ferry
  • 1,000+ Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines (Camp Lejuene, N.C.) serving in Okinawa
  • 300+ Marines with Task Force Southwest from 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Camp Pendleton, Ca.), Central Command Middle East
  • 300-500 Soldiers with 244th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, HHC (Army Reserve)
  • 1,200+ Marines with SPMAGTF-CR-19.2 (Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, Crisis Response), 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Camp Lejuene, N.C.) deployed to Central/Africa Command­

Want to thank a service member with a cookie?

You can say thank you and send a taste of home to those who stand in harm’s way to protect our freedoms. Simply purchase Oreos and attach a thank-you note to each package of cookies.

  • Bring the Oreos with you to worship on Sundays in June or on Patriotic Sunday, June 30, when we’ll dedicate the Oreos.
  • Or drop off your Oreos on weekdays (Monday-Thursday, 9-5, or Friday, 9-4) at the Alpharetta Methodist (69 North Main Street in downtown Alpharetta). Please bring the cookies to the covered drop-off entrance in our main parking lot off Cumming Street. If you need help unloading your cookie donation, let us know when you plan to arrive by calling 770-475-5576, and we’ll arrange for a member of our maintenance team assist you.

Businesses, churches & community organizations are invited to participate!

For information about how your organization can help with Operation Oreo, call 770-475-5576 or email us. We look forward to working with you to salute our troops! Be sure to call us before dropping off your cookie donation, and we’ll have a photographer on hand to take your group’s picture and share it on social media!

Donate to help with shipping

To make a contribution to help us ship the Oreos to the overseas:

Visit our secure giving page. (Select “Operation Oreo” from the list of Missions and Outreach funds.)

Write a check to AFUMC and designate “Oreo” on the memo line. Send the check to:

ATTN: Helen Bethenod, Financial Administrator
Alpharetta First United Methodist Church
69 N. Main St.
Alpharetta GA 30009

Operation Oreo Notes and Photos

We often get thank you notes and photos from service members after they receive Operation Oreo cookies.

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Members of Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, enjoying their Oreos. Click the image for a larger view.
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From Naval Support Activity Bahrain, home to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and United States Fifth Fleet.
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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.
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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!
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"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