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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.

KFC BRINGS SNEAK PEEK OF BEYOND FRIED CHICKEN TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

(July 16, 2020) Beyond Fried Chicken™ is back! Kentucky Fried Chicken® and Beyond Meat® announced today a sneak peek of Beyond Fried Chicken, their plant-based chicken collaboration, in Southern California. Beginning July 20, Beyond Fried Chicken will be available for customers in more than 50 select KFC restaurants in the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego areas, while supplies last.

KFC THROWS IT BACK TO 1970 WITH 30 CENT SECRET RECIPE FRIES ON NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY

(July 10, 2020) Kentucky Fried Chicken® announced today that there is a new fry in town, and it is here to stay. KFC’s Secret Recipe Fries are the latest addition to the fried chicken chain’s permanent menu.

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.

KFC IS TESTING NEW LARGER, MORE PREMIUM CHICKEN SANDWICH IN ORLANDO

(May 26, 2020) – KFC is stepping up its sandwich game by testing a new, more premium KFC Chicken Sandwich in select restaurants in Orlando for a limited time only. The perfectly fried chicken sandwich is bigger and better than KFC’s current sandwich offer and is its best sandwich yet.

KFC HARVEST PROGRAM DOUBLES DOWN ON HUNGER RELIEF, PROVIDES 1.2 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD TO U.S. FOOD BANKS IN 2020

(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.

KFC FRANCHISEES TO PROVIDE $500,000 WORTH OF GROCERIES TO KFC RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

(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.

KFC IS PROVIDING ONE MILLION PIECES OF KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN TO FEED COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA

(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.

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.

Feeding Our Communities

Together with our franchisees at more than 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.

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.

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.