Add Hope Volunteers
KFC inspires employees and franchisees to give back in their local communities through its Add Hope Volunteers program. Employees and franchisees are encouraged to partner with a local charity, plan a volunteer project and submit a grant proposal ranging from $1,000-$5,000 to fund their efforts. In 2015, the Add Hope Volunteers program funded projects with a number of deserving nonprofit organizations, such as Feeding South Florida and Kentucky Harvest. Add Hope Volunteers provides KFC with a meaningful way to give back.
KFC was built on Colonel Harland Sanders’ values. Besides serving the world’s best chicken, the KFC family also has a long and rich history of generosity inspired by the Colonel himself.
It started with a hitchhiker who happened to be a college student. The Colonel gave him a ride and a full scholarship. That act of kindness inspired the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, which has since provided $14 million in scholarships to 2,600 students, much of which has been to KFC U.S. restaurant employees.
The new “KFC Family Fund”
The KFC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, furthered its commitment to KFC restaurant employees in late 2015 by launching the KFC Family Fund. Program resources are available to KFC U.S. company and franchisee restaurant employees and are designated for crisis situations including fire, natural disasters, funeral costs, serious illness, personal injury (away from work), theft or loss of essential personal property, military deployment and other financial hardships. The purpose of the program is to provide temporary, limited financial relief to all KFC restaurant employees in good standing.
The Foundation was inspired to create the KFC Family Fund in response to tragic situations that affected restaurant team members. While money can’t eliminate the sorrow, it can alleviate some of the added stress that often accompanies it.
REACH FOUNDATION AND WHITELION
KFC Australia has a huge heart and believes in giving everyone a fair opportunity. They support youth in local communities and help eradicate hunger around the world. Employees are united in giving back to the communities where they live and work. Through their actions, KFC Australia is making the world a better place.
- Raised more than $1 million AUD in 2015 for the World Food Programme to feed the hungry
- Donated $50,000 AUD to the Tasmanian Bushfire 2013
- Organized appeal by the Australian Red Cross
- Partnered with The Reach Foundation in Victoria that has extended to New South Wales for 20 years
- Our partnership with The Reach Foundation has seen KFC Australia raise more than $1.6M AUD to date
- Employed approximately 40 percent of the young people in the Whitelion Employment Program, making it the largest employer in the program over the past 17 years
“KFC’s support has been vital in helping to provide at-risk youth with employment opportunities, mentoring and education-based prevention programs. We’ve worked with KFC for over 15 years, and today, KFC is our largest employer in the Whitelion Employment Program, bringing in over 200 young Australians into the KFC family where they have excelled and positively contributed to their local community. KFC has been opening doors for our young people for many years and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.”
Mark Watt, CEO Whitelion
South Africa is considered a ‘food-secure’ nation, producing enough food to adequately feed its entire population. However, more than 11 million people in South Africa of which 3.2 million are children, don’t have access to proper nutrition and go to bed hungry every night.
KFC Add Hope is a nationwide fundraiser dedicated to feeding hungry children that supports 12 national beneficiaries and 79 franchisee programs on the ground ensuring the children supported by these organizations have access to nutritious meals every day. Thanks to the generous $3.7 million USD donated by customers for 2015, KFC South Africa was able to feed over 100,000 children every day. KFC South Africa is committed to the plight of child hunger, filling tummies so children can grow, learn and thrive to become the nation’s next doctors, teachers and lawyers.
KFC South Africa has also sponsored the KFC Mini-Cricket program since 2009. Through the Mini-Cricket program, KFC South Africa promotes children living active, balanced lifestyles. Year after year the nationwide initiative continues to grow with over 100,000 children learning to play the game of cricket. Partnerships with national cricketing bodies helps ensure that the children benefit from professional coaching and development, grooming the future sports heroes of our nation.
U.K. and Ireland
The U.K. and Ireland market engage with local communities before they even arrive to better understand any concerns the community may have. To help with this they launched a new website for local residents and stakeholders. A first for the sector, the website provides details about the plans for the new site in the community and invites comments, including:
Through a volunteering partnership with a local charity, Restaurants from the Heart, KFC France lends a hand up to those in need by volunteering at the food bank and providing free meals and also helping to reintegrate beneficiaries into society through opportunities at KFC. In 2015 this partnership raised nearly $190,000 for those in need. Through an employee volunteerism program, each Thursday a number of KFC team members take the day to distribute food items to those signed up to receive aid.
KFC Thailand’s local efforts are focused on World Visions of Thailand and HRH Princess Sirindhorn’s School Lunch Program, both of which raise awareness and funds around the importance of school meals. For one of their volunteer initiatives, they went to three schools in remote areas to support school feeding programs and build water supply. The team also assists in building sustainable food sources for rural communities in need.
Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan (MENApak)
MENA kicked off their fight against hunger in a big way. They raised enough funds to feed nearly 50,000 children through fundraising and other hunger-related activities. A dedicated team distributed Ramadan care packages at a local labor camp in Dubai to those in need. In addition, when the Nepali earthquake hit and devastated millions, KFC MENA teamed up with Yum! Brands to feed more than two million people affected by the disaster through our partnership with the WFP.