Last week, Christian-owned Chick-fil-A announced they would be donating over $10 million to communities across the United States that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The fast-food chain describes this as a “relief effort” and says, in a statement on their website, that the money will go towards “helping local franchisees continue their support of those impacted” by the virus and the “communities they serve.”
Their statement reads:
The COVID-19 relief effort is anchored by a $10.8 million fund that Chick-fil-A, Inc. will distribute to local communities through its network of more than 1,800 independent Owner-Operators. Funds will be made available to Chick-fil-A Operators through June 2020 with the intent to have an immediate impact on the needs of local communities, including food donations or items to first responders, health care workers, Chick-fil-A Team Members and their families.
“Striving to be a supportive, caring and generous neighbor is in our DNA. Our restaurant Operators give back locally in so many ways, and this time is no exception,” said Chick-fil-A Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Cathy. “I’m humbled by the incredible care our restaurant teams have shown – from offering free meals to health care workers to feeding school children in need to writing notes of encouragement for guests. They know where the need is in their local community, and our goal for this fund is to support their efforts.”
It's hard to find the right words, but our Team Members always say it best. pic.twitter.com/0gYb69DvSh
— Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@ChickfilA) April 20, 2020
In addition to the $10.8 million, Chick-fil-A is using its food donation program, Chick-fil-A Shared Table, to get thousands of meals to those in need. According to their website, the company has given out more than 5,000 meals to “school systems, healthcare workers and others on the front lines” in their hometown Atlanta, Georgia.
The fast-food chain has also donated 7,715 cases of fresh produce to Feeding America.
Late last month, the chain donated a thousand meals to healthcare to staff battling COVID-19 at a Vancouver, Washington hospital.
“We are so grateful to John Dombroski and his team at Chick-fil-A Cascade Park in Vancouver for delivering and serving 1,000 meals to our hard-working caregivers today,” reads a Facebook post by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. “Your kindness in a tough time is appreciated more than you can know.”
While we have certainly found ourselves in the midst of some very unpredictable, difficult times, it’s good to see big companies like Chick-fil-A doing what they can to support the communities where they operate.
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