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At Chick-fil-A®, we strive to take great care of our communities. And, while there are countless ways to make an impact, we know that a nourishing meal is a critical need for millions of people. That’s why we created Chick-fil-A Shared Table, a program to help Chick-fil-A Operators fight hunger in their local communities by donating surplus food to local soup kitchens, shelters and nonprofits to feed those in need.
Chick-fil-A Shared Table ensures wholesome food from our restaurant kitchens is turned into meals for those who may otherwise go hungry. With the help of Food Donation Connection, Chick-fil-A Shared Table bridges the gap between Chick-fil-A Operators and local agencies like shelters, soup kitchens and charities. After local partners are identified, Chick-fil-A Team Members regularly package surplus food for pick-up. The organizations are then able to incorporate the donated food into the meals they serve weekly.
We established the Chick-fil-A Shared Table program in 2012 in an effort to make use of nourishing, surplus food in restaurants, while also meeting a need in the communities we serve. Since then, the program has grown tremendously in both reach and impact. Today, more than 1,100 Chick-fil-A restaurants take part in Chick-fil-A Shared Table, and that number continues to grow each year.
Caring for our communities
Chick-fil-A Shared Table allows for restaurants to partner with local organizations in need of quality food. Senior centers, soup kitchens and after-school programs are just a few examples of Chick-fil-A Shared Table participants. As a result of these partnerships, Chick-fil-A restaurants, Operators and restaurant Team Members are able to build meaningful relationships with deserving organizations that help make a positive impact on their communities.
Caring for our planet
We want to do our part to help reduce food waste, which is why we start with a “cook less, more often” approach in our restaurants every day. We use efficient cooking methods to reduce or eliminate the amount of food that goes unserved, including cooking chicken throughout the day and preparing salads frequently, so that restaurants are serving guests the freshest food possible while also reducing food waste. Then, when there is surplus food, Chick-fil-A restaurants have the opportunity to donate it to those in need through the Chick-fil-A Shared Table program.
“Chick-fil-A Shared Table program is part of a larger vision that we share with our community to help people in need. Our Team Members get really involved — they know our food is going to help others instead of being thrown away, and they embrace that opportunity to give back.”
– Karen Colley, Operator of Chick-fil-A Keith Street and Chick-fil-A Paul Huff Parkway in Cleveland, Tennessee
“As a Chick-fil-A Operator, it’s hard to see any food go to waste. Chick-fil-A Shared Table has been a great solution to this concern. We’re able to take this food and put it to good use by providing it to those who need it most.”
– Josh Young, Operator of Chick-fil-A Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks, California
“About 80 percent of what would have gone unused in our restaurant can now be distributed through the Chick-fil-A Shared Table program, including chicken, eggs, biscuits, salads and wraps. It’s our pleasure to support our community in this way!”
– Steve Lowery, Operator of Chick-fil-A Glenstone in Springfield, Missouri
“At Clermont Senior Services Lifelong Learning Centers, we have the opportunity to distribute food to seniors in our community. We’re thankful to be a part of Chick-fil-A Shared Table, which helps us provide meals to hundreds of individuals in need every week. Through this partnership, seniors can enjoy a hot meal at our centers and take a meal home with them, and they love dishes that incorporate Chick-fil-A items.”
– Brenda Dotson, Lifelong Learning Manager at Clermont Senior Services in Cincinnati, Ohio