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KFC FOUNDATION MAKES KENTUCKY FRIED WISHES COME TRUE FOR 11 NON-PROFITS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

(September 14, 2021) To celebrate Colonel Sanders’ birthday on September 9, the KFC Foundation granted 11 local non-profit organizations a combined total of $110,000 in Kentucky Fried Wishes grants. The chosen organizations will each receive a $10,000 grant to make a project on their wish list come true.

KFC Foundation Teams Up with SaverLife to Offer KFC Restaurant Employees New Personal Finance Program

(July 27, 2021) The KFC Foundation, in partnership with SaverLife, announced the launch of MyChange with SaverLife, a program designed to help KFC restaurant employees build short-term savings and create lasting savings behaviors.

KFC is Feeding The Next Generation of Leaders Through A New Partnership With Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

(June 22, 2021) KFC is teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), the nation's largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, to help newly matched "Bigs" (mentors) and "Littles" (youth) bond over a bucket this summer.

KFC unveils new modernized packaging, available early this summer

(May 21, 2021) As KFC continues to grow, we are always keeping tabs on ways to improve our customers' experience. Our latest innovation efforts have been focused on creating KFC's new sleek, clean and modernized packaging that will show up in restaurants early this summer.

KFC AND FRANCHISEES HIRING 20,000 RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES

(May 4, 2021) Kentucky Fried Chicken® announced strong Q1 earnings results last week, as customers increasingly chose the comfort and convenience of drive-thru, carry-out, and delivery of classics like KFC's Family Fill-Up and new offerings like the Kentucky Fried Chicken Sandwich. Now, as demand continues to grow, the fried chicken chain hopes to hire 20,000 permanent full-time and part-time company and franchisee restaurant positions across the nation.

KFC PARTNERS WITH MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA TO FEED SENIORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

(March 24, 2021) KFC donates one million pieces of chicken to America's seniors who were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19

KFC Introduces Its Best Chicken Sandwich Ever

(January 7, 2021) KFC, purveyor of the world's most famous fried chicken, kicked off 2021 with the introduction of its best chicken sandwich ever. The new KFC Chicken Sandwich is available in select markets starting today and will be available seven days a week in all 4,000 KFC restaurants in the U.S. by the end of February.

KFC AND LIFETIME HEAT UP THE HOLIDAYS WITH A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND LIFETIME ORIGINAL MINI-MOVIE: A RECIPE FOR SEDUCTION

(December 7, 2020) KFC and Lifetime are teaming up to bring consumers the perfect distraction from all things 2020: the holiday Lifetime Original Mini-Movie, “A Recipe for Seduction.” Featuring veteran actor Mario Lopez as Colonel Harland Sanders, the first-of-its kind 15-minute Lifetime Original Mini-Movie premieres on Lifetime Sunday, December 13 at 12 p.m. ET/PT.

KFC RELEASES VINTAGE HOLIDAY BUCKETS TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON

(November 16, 2020) KFC is bringing back feelings of nostalgia this holiday season with the re-release of some of its most famous holiday buckets. Since the 1960s, KFCs around the world have created different holiday-themed buckets year after year.

KFC Foundation's 2020 Annual Report Highlights Efforts To Change Team Members' Lives In A Big Way

(October 27, 2020) The KFC Foundation is changing the lives of restaurant team members in a big way. Learn more about what the future holds for the Foundation and more in the 2020 KFC Foundation Annual Report.

KFC IS READY TO IGNITE YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE RETURN OF ITS FRIED CHICKEN-SCENTED FIRELOGS

(October 26, 2020) Forget chestnuts roasting over an open fire, because KFC’s famous fried chicken-scented 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog is back for its third consecutive holiday season. Created once again in partnership with Enviro-Log®, the famous fried chicken-scented firelog is available while supplies last exclusively in the U.S. at select Walmart stores and on Walmart.com.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

It’s election season, and your vote matters. KFC and our parent company, Yum! Brands, are partnering with Rock the Vote, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. Need to register to vote, find a polling place or figure out how to cast your ballot? Your resources are all right here.

KFC KICKS OFF NEW DOORDASH PARTNERSHIP WITH 12 FREE TENDERS AND $0 DELIVERY FEES*

(September 8, 2020) KFC's world-famous fried chicken is now available for order and on-demand delivery through DoorDash, the nation’s leading last-mile logistics platform.

KFC WELCOMES JOHN MAYS AS NEW DIRECTOR OF EQUITY AND INCLUSION

(August 27, 2020) KFC announced the appointment of John Mays as director of equity and inclusion for KFC U.S. In this newly formed role, Mays will lead the development and implementation of KFC’s equity and inclusion vision and strategy to help position the brand as an industry leader across the United States.

KFC DELIVERING ONE MILLION PIECES OF KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN TO TEACHERS ACROSS AMERICA

(August 13, 2020) KFC's Back-to-School Buckets initiative will support teachers across the country who are returning to the classroom, whether virtually or in-person, by donating one million pieces of chicken to its franchisees to deliver to educators within their local communities to say "thanks" for all they are doing for America’s families.

KFC and Crocs release highly anticipated Kentucky Fried Chicken® X Crocs™ Classic Clog

(July 23, 2020) The highly anticipated Kentucky Fried Chicken® X Crocs™ limited-edition fried chicken-inspired footwear will be available for sale on Tuesday, July 28.

Keeping Our Restaurants Safe

We are continuously updating our safety procedures across our 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 help ensure the safety of our guests and team members. 

KFC HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES IN U.S. RESTAURANTS

Keeping with our people-first approach, KFC has continued to ensure our policies follow CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our customers and team members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

KFC HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES IN U.S. RESTAURANTS

Keeping with our people-first approach, the ongoing health and safety of our customers and team members remains our top priority as the pandemic continues to impact communities we serve. In addition to continuing to reinforce our already strict sanitation, handwashing, and health and wellness policies for our employees, we implemented the following measures to keep our customers and team members safe. See full article for more information.

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.

A MESSAGE TO OUR GUESTS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS FROM KFC U.S. PRESIDENT, KEVIN HOCHMAN

(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.

Our Commitments to Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

KFC has a role to play in championing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging across every aspect of our business, from our employees, franchisees and restaurant teams to the communities we serve. Our work has just begun – follow us on our journey.

Yum! Brands and the University of Louisville Announce First-of-its-Kind Education and Research Center to Unlock Opportunities in Franchising for Underrepresented People of Color and Women

(May 26, 2021) Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) and the University of Louisville today announced the launch of the Yum! Center for Global Franchise Excellence. The Center will feature the first business program of its kind at a public university to provide existing and potential franchisees multiple levels of online education focused on the franchising model across industries. In addition, the Yum! Center for Global Franchise Excellence will focus on recruiting and educating underrepresented people of color and women on the possibilities of franchising as a pathway to entrepreneurship.

KFC Parent Company Yum! Brands Joins OneTen Coalition to Accelerate Black Talent into U.S. Restaurant Management, Field Leadership and Corporate Roles

Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC, is proud to have joined OneTen, a coalition of U.S. businesses leading a bold initiative to create career mobility and advancement opportunities for one million Black individuals in the U.S. over the next 10 years. To advance equity, OneTen partners like Yum! will develop, retain and advance diverse and underrepresented talent, more broadly, but with an explicit commitment to hire, upskill or promote Black talent without four-year degrees. Across Yum!’s U.S. brands, participation in this coalition would include supporting advancement initially to roles in restaurant general management and field leadership for company-owned restaurants and jobs in Yum!’s U.S. corporate offices.

KFC celebrates prominent female franchisee, Joan Bowling, during Women’s History Month

March 8, 2021. Meet and celebrate Joan Bowling, one of our prominent female franchisees. While owning six restaurants in Dayton/Columbus, Joan has provided invaluable contributions to our brand's success.

A Commitment to Louisville-Area Racial Justice Initiatives

(September 3, 2020) Yum! and KFC are investing $6 million over five years right here in Louisville to fight inequality and uplift Black students, educators, entrepreneurs and social change agents in our local community that we love.

KFC WELCOMES JOHN MAYS AS NEW DIRECTOR OF EQUITY AND INCLUSION

(August 27, 2020) KFC announced the appointment of John Mays as director of equity and inclusion for KFC U.S. In this newly formed role, Mays will lead the development and implementation of KFC’s equity and inclusion vision and strategy to help position the brand as an industry leader across the United States.

KFC Commits to Racial Justice Initiatives

(June 25, 2020) Today, Yum! Brands announced a $100 million commitment over the next five years toward unlocking opportunity for employees, frontline restaurant teams and communities across KFC and our sister companies, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger Grill. This endeavor is intended to focus on equality with an emphasis on the key areas of equity and inclusion, education and entrepreneurship. We also committed to transparency to our customers and team members, so today we are sharing the next steps that KFC has begun to take.

Black Lives Matter

(June 3, 2020) We support our Black team members, partners, and customers. We are committed to using our voice to speak up but more importantly, using this time to listen, learn, and act to create positive social change. We have to do more. We will do more.

Feeding Our Communities

Together with our franchisees at 4,000 restaurants nationwide, KFC is committed to feeding communities in need across America. From first responders and frontline workers to children and those in need in our hometown of Louisville, Ky. See our world-famous Kentucky Fried Chicken in action below.

CASPER YOUTH HOMELESS SHELTER MIMI’S HOUSE AWARDED $10K ‘KENTUCKY FRIED WISHES’ GRANT

(September 13, 2021) Casper-based Mimi’s House, a homeless shelter serving youth in the community, announced on Friday that it had been awarded a $10,000 “Kentucky Fried Wishes” grant from the KFC Foundation.

Potsdam High School Positivity Club awarded $10,000 KFC grant

(September 13, 2021) The Positivity Club at Potsdam High School received a $10,000 grant from the Kentucky Fried Wishes Foundation on Thursday to help develop its community food market and purchase laptops for senior citizens.

Harvest Hope partners with Senior Resources to feed local seniors Thursday

(May 13, 2021) Thursday, Harvest Hope Food Bank and Senior Resources worked together to feed local seniors. The organizations gave out five-pound bags of chicken as well as bags containing 12 sandwich buns through a donation from KFC. The donation is valued at $30,000 and was facilitated through Meals on Wheels America.

KFC Potsdam, NY gives back to over 120 seniors in St. Lawrence County

(April 2, 2021) The KFC at 119 Maple St. Potsdam, NY, joined the KFC national goodwill efforts by giving back to seniors through Meals on Wheels in St. Lawrence County.

This great action is part of our last month's announcement of the KFC & Meals on Wheels America partnership to give 1 million chicken pieces to America's seniors. Each KFC restaurant will cook and donate our world-famous chicken to seniors in their communities across the country.

KFC restaurant in Columbus, OH made the local papers for goodwill efforts

(April 1, 2021) As part of our KFC third donation of one million pieces of chicken, KFC restaurants in Columbus, Ohio was featured by local media while delivering food to seniors in their communities.

Columbus KFC provides chicken to Edgewood residents

Last month, we announced a partnership with Meals on Wheels America and committed to giving 1 million pieces of chicken to America’s seniors. Also, each of our restaurants will be donating our delicious world-famous chicken to seniors in their communities. Read more about how you can help.

KFC Gives Thanks to Teachers Through Back-To-School Buckets Initiative

Throughout the month of September, KFC restaurant teams across the nation recognized teachers who returned to the classroom, whether virtually or in-person, amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this fall. Check out the video below as we tag along with franchise partner, AJS, and the restaurant team from Southern Indiana as they recognize the teachers and staff at New Albany High School with 180 hot and fresh KFC meals!

Granite City KFC brings lunch to teachers

(September 2, 2020) To give back to educators amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, KFC teams from Granite City and Belleville delivered more than 150 meals to teachers at Granite City High School and Belleville East High School.

Back To School Buckets: KFC Says Thanks To Educators Heading Back To Work

(September 2, 2020) Over the past several months, KFC U.S. has launched a number of initiatives to support those in need during the pandemic, including its latest effort to recognize teachers across America as they head back to school this fall.

Thomas Crossroads staff welcomed back with meals

(August 26, 2020) Sharpsburg, GA KFC restaurant donates boxed meals to teachers and staff at Thomas Crossroads Elementary as part of the brand's Back-To-School Buckets program recognizing teachers across America.

KFC HARVEST PROGRAM DONATES MORE THAN 20,000 POUNDS OF FOOD TO DARE TO CARE FOOD BANK

(July 29, 2020) Locally headquartered Kentucky Fried Chicken continues its work to fight critical meal shortages for families across the country through a donation of more than 20,000 pounds to Dare to Care food bank in Louisville.

KFC supports families in West Louisville through #FeedtheWest grocery initiative

(June 18, 2020) KFC corporate employees recently supported the local Black community in their hometown by participating in the#FeedTheWest grocery initiative in West Louisville, an area of town that serves as a hub of activity for social justice reform.

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.