Our Response to Coronavirus

At KFC, the health and safety of our restaurant employees and customers is our number one priority. The coronavirus (COVID-19) issue continues to evolve daily. We are monitoring the situation closely and taking swift action to keep everyone safe while working at or visiting one of our more than 4,000 KFC restaurants across the U.S.  During this unprecedented time, we believe it's more important than ever to serve in our local communities, and our KFC franchisees and restaurant teams have jumped into action to help by donating one million pieces of Kentucky Fried Chicken to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

See our latest news, restaurant safety updates, and community stories below. 

Latest News


(May 7, 2020) KFC will donate 621,000 pounds of food to food banks across the country, enough food to provide more than 600,000 meals for people in need, through its Harvest program. Including this large, one-time donation, KFC will have provided 1.2 million pounds of food already this year to help combat the critical shortages at food banks across the country amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

KFC Cooks Up a Virtual Mother’s Day Experience on Messenger from Facebook for Families Unable to Celebrate in Person

(May 1, 2020) In honor of Mother’s Day, KFC is launching a virtual Mother’s Day experience on Messenger from Facebook for families who may not be able to celebrate together this year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic challenges.


(April 29, 2020) KFC franchisees have joined forces to create a Grocery Assistance Fund through the KFC Foundation, which will provide $100 grocery gift cards to thousands of U.S. employees, across more than 4,000 U.S. KFC restaurants.


(March 31, 2020) KFC will send one million pieces of chicken to its more than 4,000 restaurants across the country, earmarked specifically to support local communities in need through donation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

KFC Partners with Blessings in a Backpack to Prevent Child Hunger During School Closures

(March 20, 2020) KFC U.S. has donated $400,000 to Blessings in a Backpack, which will go directly to provide pre-packed “Blessings Bags” filled with food for school children to keep them from going hungry during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Keeping Our Restaurants Safe

We are continuously updating our safety procedures across all 4,000+ of our U.S. restaurants, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following CDC guidelines, leveraging experts, and partnering with our sister brands around the world to institute new procedures and protocols.

KFC Implements Additional Health and Safety Measures in U.S. Restaurants

(April 16, 2020) As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our customers and team members, KFC is again implementing increased health and safety measures in restaurants, such as touch-free thermometers, disposable face masks for team members, and Plexiglass counter-top shields, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See full article for details.

Update: KFC restaurants to offer drive-thru, carryout, and delivery services only

(March 18, 2020) Starting Thursday, March 19, 2020, our restaurants across the U.S. will offer drive-thru, carryout, and delivery services only. Our dining rooms remain open for to-go/carryout only. You can order at the front counter and take your food to go, or you can order online at KFC.com and pick up your meal at the designated area at the front counter. If you don’t want leave your car, our drive thrus will continue to service you, too.


(March 13, 2020) KFC increases safety measures, prepares for increase in delivery and online ordering, offers paid sick leave for employees at corporate-owned restaurants, and more in response to the Coronavirus. Read the full letter from our President, Kevin Hochman to see how we are committed to rapidly evolving our policies to ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect our customers, and the team members working in our KFC restaurants.

Feeding Our Communities

KFC is providing one million pieces of chicken to feed communities in need across America by shipping every KFC in the U.S. additional chicken supply that's specifically purposed for good. The state of our communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique opportunity for us to join forces alongside our franchisees at more than 4,000 restaurants nationwide, in aid of those who are in tremendous need in our own backyards. KFC is committed to feeding first responders, frontline workers, children, and those in need during this time. See our one million pieces of chicken in action below.

One Million Thanks To Our Team Members

Thank you to our franchisees and more than 4,000 restaurant teams for continuing the Colonel’s legacy of giving back by donating 1 million pieces of chicken in their communities across the country to feed frontline healthcare workers, families in need, and provide meals to essential workers, throughout the month of April. In the words of KFC Auburndale’s Reggie Owens, “we care and we want to help, too.”

Chris Paul, KFC, and others donate beyond fried chicken meals to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

(May 6, 2020) Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunders, partnered with KFC to donate weekly meals of Beyond Fried Chicken to the frontline workers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

KFC teams from Harding Place, Bell Road donate meals to St. Thomas front-line workers

(May 2, 2020) The JRN franchise organization in Nashville, TN provides KFC meals for St. Thomas Midtown, a hospital that helped to save a life of a KFC team member, Robert Musser last year.

KFC restaurant teams in Northern Virginia continue to support local hospitals and essential workers in their area

(April 22, 2020) KFC team members from the Haymarket and Manassas area prepared and donated approximately 550 meals to essential staff at Prince William Medical Center and Haymarket Medical Center.

Four Pegs Beer Lounge serves over 500 meals to those in need

(April 27, 2020) Local pub in Louisville provides 500 meals with the support of KFC. Over 350 pounds of chicken given away.

Act of Kindness: Twin Falls KFC Brings Free Lunch To WinCo Staff

(April 24, 2020) KFC receives words of gratitude from a WinCo employee in Twin Falls, Idaho.

KFC provides meals to frontline workers

(April 21, 2020) To show their appreciation for frontline workers at Southview and Grandview hospital, KFC employees in Dayton, OH provided 1,750 hot meals to frontline workers.

KFC Gives Back by Feeding Castleview Hospital Staff

(April 21, 2020) (April 21, 2020) Castleview hospital day and evening shifts enjoy some of KFC's world-famous fried chicken on Tuesday. Castleview Hospital CEO shares his gratitude.

KFC donates food to North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety

(April 19, 2020) A KFC restaurant team in North Myrtle Beach, SC supplied some of our world famous chicken to the Department of Public Safety to support frontline workers in their community.

Acts of Kindness in Huntington County

(April 17, 2020) KFC Franchisees Craig and Judy Lee donated meals to New Life Ministries, an organization that provides free food to the community members in need in Huntington County, IN.

KFC says 'thank you' to healthcare workers

(April 16, 2020) KFC Franchisee Nadeem Kirmani and his restaurant team in Scranton, PA donated hosted lunch for a few hundred of the front-line medical staff of Geisinger Community Hospital Medical Center, in appreciation of their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

KFC delivers lunch to the Manchester Police Department

(April 16, 2020) Police officers in Manchester, MO shared words of gratitude for a local KFC when they brought a box filled with food to the department on Wednesday.

Local KFC Franchisee Organization Provides Hot Meals For Chattanooga Children

(April 7, 2020) Local KFC franchisee, JAK Foods Inc., partnered with “We Over Me” to provide 500 meals to students at five learning centers across Chattanooga.

KFC donates meals to health care workers in Utah

(April 6, 2020) KFC delivers meals to health care workers. This Utah KFC also continues to operate their Harvest program, along with Food Donation Connect, to donate surplus food to local food banks for those in need.

Local Fresno KFC gives back to the community in time of need

(April 4, 2020) KFC was featured on the Fox26 segment “Show us Something Good” for bringing 200 meals to a local homeless shelter in Fresno, CA.