Chick-fil-A Community Affairs & Foundation Stewardship<br>Report

Chick-fil-A Community Affairs & Foundation Stewardship

In 2018, incredible things happened when we worked together

In 2018, incredible things happened when we worked together

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We served our communities

Community Affairs and the Chick-fil-A Foundation are working to help Chick-fil-A be a good neighbor to the thousands of neighborhoods across the country where our restaurants operate. We do this by connecting Chick-fil-A restaurant Operators with organizations that are making a difference locally. From donating children's books during restaurant grand openings to sponsoring high school leadership programs, our goal is to equip Operators with turn-key programs and partnerships so they can extend their impact. In our hometown of Atlanta, our Support Center is empowered to give back too: staff is granted 16 hours, or two full work days, per year to use just for volunteering. While our community efforts touch all areas of Atlanta, we continue to partner with other corporations, civic leaders and nonprofits to restore and revitalize Atlanta's Westside community, where many families live below the federal poverty line and children face an uncertain future. This year, we deepened our commitment by opening the first Chick-fil-A restaurant there, providing over 90 jobs in the community.

We invested in our young people

Inspired by our founder, S. Truett Cathy, we are passionate about investing in youth and helping them become all they can be. This includes Chick-fil-A Team Members and young people living in communities across the country. Scholarships at Chick-fil-A began in 1973 when Truett set a mayonnaise jar on his restaurant counter to collect donations to help a Team Member attend college. In 2018, we awarded $14.65 million in scholarships to more than 5,700 Team Members to help them achieve their education dreams. Through the True Inspiration Awards, named after Truett and in its 5th year, we helped 23 nonprofit organizations extend their impact on the youth in their local communities through grants totaling $1.23 million.

We empowered our future leaders

We believe young people have unlimited potential. That’s why many of our programs and partnerships help provide access to the resources they need to reach that potential and become our next generation of civic and business leaders. Chick-fil-A Leader Academy and Chick-fil-A Fellows are programs teaching high school and college students the skills they need to lead, and do so with the heart of a servant. Through our summer youth camps held at Morehouse College, we’re helping children 8-12 from Atlanta’s Westside gain exposure to a college campus and dream of higher education, all while having fun. Since 2012, we’ve partnered with Junior Achievement and Chick-fil-A Operators to give middle and high school students a hands-on learning experience that teaches entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. Our investment in 3DE (formerly JA Academy) supports their work to merge education and business. Its curriculum is teaching high schoolers how to approach and solve real-life business issues through practical exercises and case challenges. 

$14.65 M

awarded in Team Member scholarships

$1.23 M

granted to 23 non-profit organizations through the True inspiration Awards

1.3 M

meals donated to communities by 772 Chick-fil-A Operators through Shared Table


students learned financial literacy through Junior Achievement sponsorships


students experienced leadership in action through Chick-fil-A Leader Academy


pounds of food donated to victims and first responders of Hurricanes Florence and Michael


Team Chick-fil-A volunteer projects empowered staff to give back

Together, we impacted over 3 million lives

"This work could not have been accomplished without the support of Chick-fil-A Operators, staff and our partners. Thank you for serving with us."

"This work could not have been accomplished without the support of Chick-fil-A Operators, staff and our partners. Thank you for serving with us."

Rodney Bullard, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility for Chick-fil-A, Inc., and Executive Director of Chick-fil-A Foundation