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Apr 3, 2020

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Giving back

“I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return.”

S. Truett Cathy 1921—2014

Giving philosophy

Everyone's job at Chick-fil-A is to serve. No matter our title or job description, our reason for coming to work is to generously share our time and talents. Whether it's treating customers like friends, or serving our communities like neighbors, we believe kindness is a higher calling.

Local communities

Leading locally

Chick-fil-A Operators are full-time, hands-on leaders in their restaurants and in their communities.  Through Chick-fil-A, Inc., they can sponsor national programs and partnerships locally, like Chick-fil-A Leader Academy or Junior Achievement.  They can also help community organizations extend their impact by nominating them for a True Inspiration Award grant.  Ultimately, as independent business owners, Operators choose how and when they want to give back - supporting causes that are most meaningful to them, their customers and their communities.

Read how Chick-fil-A Leader Academy students are giving back in their communities

Restaurant Team Member scholarships

Scholarships at Chick-fil-A began when Truett Cathy set a mayonnaise jar on his first restaurant counter to help Team Member Eddie White pursue his dream of a college education. Through contributions from customers and Truett himself, Eddie’s dream came true. Since 1973, Chick-fil-A has helped over 59,000 Team Members achieve their remarkable futures through a total investment of $92 million in scholarships.

Learn about scholarships and meet these scholars

Events with a purpose

Being a Chick-fil-A Operator is about more than serving chicken: it's about having a positive impact in the local community. That's why, around the country, restaurant Operators find creative ways to serve. In some communities, that means supporting the troops through military appreciation events or fundraisers for local schools. In others, that means inviting guests for family events like Daddy Daughter Date Night or Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Chick-fil-A Operators are always on the lookout for ways to help their communities.

Read about an inspiring Chick-fil-A local event

Helping fight hunger

For millions of people, a nourishing meal is a critical need. That’s why we created the Chick-fil-A Shared Table program, an initiative to help restaurant Operators fight hunger in their local communities and reduce food waste at the same time. Today, more than 1,100 Chick-fil-A restaurants donate surplus food to local soup kitchens, shelters and nonprofits through Chick-fil-A Shared Table, and that number continues to grow each year.

Learn more about Chick-fil-A Shared Table

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The Chick-fil-A Foundation

Created out of a desire to honor Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy's legacy of giving, goodwill and passion for supporting youth, the Chick-fil-A Foundation seeks to nourish potential in every child, especially in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.

We are proud to support nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the lives of children and families. Chick-fil-A Foundation and Chick-fil-A, Inc. do not give to political campaigns. Our giving is driven by a desire to create caring communities where every child – regardless of economic background, race, religion or orientation – has the opportunity to become all they can be.

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To support education, the Foundation expanded its partnership with Junior Achievement USA, which offers kindergarten-12th grade programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills to inspire nearly 5 million students each year to dream big and reach their potential.


To address youth homelessness, The Foundation is partnering with Covenant House International, which has helped transform and save the lives of more than a million homeless, runaway and trafficked young people – reaching 70,000 youth each year.


To fight hunger, the Foundation is partnering with Feeding America to donate to a local food bank for every new restaurant we open.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Chick-fil-A’s founder S. Truett Cathy believed a “great company is a caring company” and his vision of caring for others continues to inspire us today. We strive to put people first in all we do by cultivating a positive work environment where people feel known and cared for. We seek to have a positive impact in our communities by strengthening the cities and neighborhoods we serve. We strive to create a quality, meaningful Customer experience by serving great food people can feel good about. And, we work to sustain a happy, healthy future by acting as good stewards of the planet we share.

That’s why Chick-fil-A’s approach to Corporate Social Responsibility focuses on four pillars: Caring for people, caring for our communities, caring for others through our food, and caring for our planet.

Learn more about our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and read how Staff, Operators and Team Members are bringing these four pillars to life.

Read the 2019 Chick-fil-A Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

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