Because people are part of any sustainability story, we believe that simply caring for people – serving others and helping improve lives – is the right thing to do.
We strive to treat every person who comes through our doors with honor, dignity and respect, starting with our restaurant team members and guests. But our commitment to serve goes beyond our restaurant doors to many local partnerships across the country.
Chick-fil-A and local franchised operators provide community support, both in good times and in times of crisis. We offer local fundraisers. We help feed those that are hungry in our communities. We partner with local businesses. We help team members succeed with scholarships, and we support youth education and achievement. We honor those who serve in the military and as first responders in our community. We believe that caring and giving generously helps us all grow.
Corporately, the Chick-fil-A Foundation is making significant strides in the area of youth education.
Serving Others with Food Donations
“Food is essential to life, therefore make it good,” was a favorite saying of Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy. From the start, giving away food has always been key to our way of doing business.
Acting in the best interests of their local community, local Chick-fil-A restaurant owners regularly give food donations in a number of ways:
- Donating food for disaster relief
- Feeding military personnel and first responders
- Donating food to children’s hospitals
- Donating to schools and various charity events
- Or, simply helping a family in need
In alignment with Food Donation Connection, many Chick-fil-A local franchise owners donate surplus food weekly to community groups who feed those who are in need. With support provided by a national food donation company, a growing number of Chick-fil-A restaurants and even our home office in Atlanta are able to donate food each week.
Since August of 2005, we have collectively donated 618,000 pounds of surplus food that would have otherwise been wasted with an average each restaurant donating 40-50 pounds per week. This helps serve 56,000 meals and growing!
Investing in People in the Workplace
Because it starts with caring for our own, we’re focused on making Chick-fil-A the best workplace possible.
Our Closed on Sunday policy is designed to give restaurant team members a day to rest and spend time with their friends and family. Many team members, who start working for Chick-fil-A as teens, go on to pursue careers at Chick-fil-A or as franchise owner/operators.
Recent accolades support our claim:
- In 2014, Chick-fil-A was the only quick-service restaurant chain named in the first Glass Door ranking of top companies for Culture and Values. We were ranked seven of 25 companies.
- Latino magazine named Chick-fil-A in its top 100 companies for providing opportunities to Latinos in 2014.
At our home office in Atlanta, Georgia, we provide employees extras like on-site daycare, wholesome free lunches, free health club access, outdoor work spaces, and wooded walking trails.
Helping Team Members Succeed with Scholarships
Since 1973, Chick-fil-A has been giving college scholarships to restaurant team members as an incentive to pursue higher education.
Over the life of the program, that adds up to:
- $35 million dollars in scholarships
- 35,000 Chick-fil-A team members
- 500 different colleges and universities
Local Ownership Commitment
From the beginning, Truett’s business model was designed to ensure each Chick-fil-A restaurant had the feel of a locally owned business. Our unique franchise model is founded upon local franchisees operating as a small business owner with a personal commitment to guests, their team members and communities.
Personally connected, local ownership means greater accountability and connection to Chick-fil-A guests and local communities.