“I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return.”
S. Truett Cathy 1921—2014
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.
Chick-fil-A Operators are full-time, hands-on leaders in their restaurants and in their communities. 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 inviting guests for family events like Daddy Daughter Date Night. Or, through Chick-fil-A, Inc., they can sponsor national programs and partnerships locally, like Junior Achievement or Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. 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.
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 1970, Chick-fil-A has helped over 80,000 Team Members achieve their remarkable futures through a total investment of $136 million in scholarships.
Through our annual Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awards, Operators have the opportunity to nominate local nonprofits to receive a grant ranging from $50,000 to $350,000. With Operator help, we've been able to award more than $12 million to 171 organizations across the U.S. and in Canada through this program. For 2021, True Inspiration Awards grants will support nonprofit organizations who are Black-led or serve communities of color and who are working in the areas of education, hunger or homelessness.
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. Today, more than 1,300 Chick-fil-A restaurants across 47 states donate surplus food to local soup kitchens, shelters and nonprofits through Chick-fil-A Shared Table, and that number continues to grow each year. To date, we have donated more than 15 million meals to serve those in need.
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.