Everyone’s favorite chicken chain, Chick-fil-A, is doing more than just providing sandwiches. After the fast-food chain announced that it would be selling its signature sauces in stores, it didn’t just create smiles.
Since 1970, Chick-fil-A has awarded more than $110 million in scholarships to more than 66,000 employees. And they’re not stopping any time soon. The restaurant also recently announced that it would invest $19 million in employee scholarships throughout the year.
In addition, they also revealed that Chick-fil-A was able to fund an additional 400 scholarships in 2020 due to the successful sales of its signature bottled sauces.
In 2020, Chick-fil-A awarded 492 team members in 44 states and Washington, D.C., and Canada with scholarships through its program known as the Remarkable Futures Scholarship initiative.
“This year’s inspiring scholarship recipients possess strong leadership skills, demonstrate a commitment to academic achievement and continue to make a positive impact on their communities,” CEO Dan Cathy said.
“Our mission is to play a small part in furthering their education, giving them hope and opportunities to change the world.”
The chain could also award an additional 400 scholarships after selling bottled versions of its sauces in stores.
A Chick-fil-A spokesperson stated that the one-of-a-kind sauces are available for purchase at retailers in select states. According to the spokesperson, every cent of the sauce sales’ royalties will benefit the Remarkable Futures Scholarship fund.
Chick-Fil-A Continues to Give Back to Communities
Recently, Chick-fil-A also announced nominations for its second annual “True Inspiration Awards” are now open. The program highlights black-run nonprofits that help communities of color. The restaurant will be awarding grants to 34 nonprofits, in an amount totaling $5 million.
“We’re inspired by the stories of our True Inspiration Awards winners who are serving our communities by working to address education, hunger & homelessness,” they said via Twitter.
Chick-fil-A’s vice president of corporate social responsibility, Rodney Bullard, also added that the program has various benefits.
“There are incredible nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada working to address key issues. Bullard added that the issues “disproportionately affect communities of color in the areas of education, homelessness, and hunger.”
To learn more about the program and the work Chick-fil-A is doing, click here.