Snow Days Become Surprise Free Chicken Sandwich Days in Kansas City
Chick-fil-A owner/Operator Brad Munson and his team at the Lee's Summit restaurant in Lees Summit, Mo., outside of Kansas City, aren't letting record snowfall get in the way of community outreach: Instead, it has inspired them to make a difference every time it snows.
After record snows, the entire city – and most of the Midwest – was shut down by a massive winter storm. Not one to back down from a challenge, Brad decided he wanted Chick-fil-A to build a local reputation as a beacon of dependability, open during normal business hours whenever possible. "Something good has to come out of all of that snow!" Brad recalls thinking. He personally drove around to pick up the five other employees who could make it into the Restaurant that day. But what good is being open without customers?
Lee's Summit Marketing Director Dustin Andrews brainstormed the idea to surprise the community by driving a three-mile radius around the restaurant, giving away Chicken Sandwiches to the first 50 people they met shoveling snow. They also gave food to any local businesses they found open that day.
"We just made it happen. We introduced ourselves and let them know we are open and here to help in the future," Brad says. "No one looked at us like we were crazy. In fact everyone was shocked to see us, excited and thankful."
The Lee's Summit FSR team repeated their efforts the following day, reaching more businesses with roads finally cleared. With schools still out, they also up-sized meals for students who showed student IDs.
Brad plans to give away 50 Chicken Sandwiches on every local snow day. In the future, they plan to serve essential businesses first, like the county road commission, police and fire stations, so that they help those who help the community in times of need.
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