KFC celebrated the return of its annual giving initiative, “Acts of Colonel-ness,” to honor what would have been founder Colonel Harland Sanders’ 129th birthday on September 9. The company challenged employees in more than 135 countries and territories to conduct 129,000 acts of service – upping the ante from last year’s challenge of 128,000 acts – throughout the month of September.
“Our founder, Colonel Harland Sanders, once said, ‘For me, money is not everything. As I have already said, I was more interested in doing good and helping people.’ Through Acts of Colonel-ness, we are proud that KFC employees and franchise partners worldwide team up each year to embody the Colonel’s generous spirit and celebrate his birthday by giving back to their communities,” said KFC Chief People and Development Officer, Dyke Shipp.
KFC employees around the world committed “Acts of Colonel-ness” to uplift their local communities, including:
Marking the second year for this global community outreach effort, KFC’s inaugural Acts of Colonel-ness initiative in 2018 had 18 countries participate, with employees volunteering 900 hours and raising nearly $500,000 to support their respective communities.
Local community outreach that provides opportunity to others is a long-held value of KFC and its employees and franchise partners. In 2018, KFC raised over $9 million to support local causes, benefiting six KFC Foundations and over 90 other charities and community partners around the world. KFC team members and franchise partners also donated more than 2.5 million meals to different community partners last year through Harvest, a program that diverts leftover food from KFC restaurants to communities worldwide. Since launching in 1999, the KFC Harvest program has donated over 80 million pounds of food, benefitting nearly 4,000 different charities and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
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