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The KFC Foundation Makes $500,000 Of Wishes Come True

KFCDistinctively KFCSeptember 08, 2022
The KFC Foundation Makes $500,000 Of Wishes Come True

KFC restaurants nominated non-profits across the country to receive grants to make projects on their wish list come true through the Kentucky Fried Wishes program

The KFC Foundation is honored to award 50 deserving non-profit organizations across the U.S. a combined total of $500,000 in Kentucky Fried Wishes grants to make a project on their wish list come true.

“The vision of the Kentucky Fried Wishes program is to empower KFC restaurant employees to give back to the communities they serve and build lasting relationships with organizations they are passionate about,” said Emma Horn, Executive Director, KFC Foundation. “We’re proud to grant half a million dollars in wishes to 50 non-profits across the country this year.”

KFC’s founder, Colonel Harland Sanders, would have turned 132 years old on September 9. Inspired by the Colonel and his guiding principle to “never pass anybody up,” the KFC Foundation carries on his legacy of philanthropy through its five charitable assistance programs—and celebrates his birthday by awarding Kentucky Fried Wishes to non-profits doing meaningful work.

This year’s non-profit grant recipients span across 25 different states and support various causes and communities, including:

  • Family & Children’s Association was nominated by KFC restaurant employees for its long-lasting impact on the youth in Long Island, NY. The Family & Children’s Association works to protect and strengthen Long Island’s most vulnerable children, families, seniors and communities. The Kentucky Fried Wishes grant will be used to fund an outdoor healing garden, designed to improve the mental and physical well-being of the residents.

  • Community Bike Works, based in Allentown, PA, connects youth ages 9-18 with adult mentors who teach them life lessons through their Earn a Bike program. While working on their bikes, students practice life skills by working collaboratively, solving problems, learning perseverance and experiencing the satisfaction of turning a broken bike into a functional one. Their Kentucky Fried Wishes grant will help purchase bicycle helmets and the necessary tools for bicycle mechanic training. 

  • Live Like Madison was created in memory of Madison Fedak of Laurinburg, a 7-year-old who passed away in December 2019 after a battle with cancer, in an effort to honor her heart for giving back. Madison’s “never give up” attitude inspired the organization’s programs that promote courage and comfort for children who suffer from the disease. The Kentucky Fried Wishes grant will help fund toy chests housed at three children’s hospitals in the Laurinburg, NC, area. 

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The full list of Kentucky Fried Wishes recipients is below.

Alpha Alternative Pregnancy Care Center

Hopkinsville

KY

Americans Supporting Armed Services 

Potsdam

NY

Angel’s Hands Community Outreach

Owosso

MI

Anson Athletic Youth Association

Wadesboro

NC

Boys and Girls Club of Collin County

McKinney

TX

Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane County

Spokane

WA

CAPS

Jackson

OH

Changed Lives Ministry

Moncks Corner

SC

COC Food Pantry

Moulton

AL

Community Bike Works

Whitehall

PA

Connecting for Children and Families

Woonsocket

RI

Crisis Nursery of Effingham County

Effingham

IL

East Bernstadt Independent School

London

KY

Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania

Whitehall

PA

Family and Children’s Association

Lynbrook

NY

Food Pantry Network of Licking County

Newark

OH

Future Leaders of America

Oxnard

CA

Gallop to Success

Bennington

VT

Grammy’s House Artesia Domestic Violence Shelter

Artesia

NM

Healing Household 6

Jacksonville

NC

Helping Hands – P.A.C.K.

Bakersfield

CA

Johnson County Youth Coalition

Clarksville

AR

Kingdom Covenant Connections

Mobile

AL

Laura’s House

Laguna Niguel

CA

Lift Youth Center

Ringgold

GA

Live Like Madison

Laurinburg

NC

Louisiana Chosen Sports Foundation

Monroe

LA

My Friend’s House

Los Angeles

CA

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Kissimmee

FL

Onslow Women’s Center

Jacksonville

NC

Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry

Safford

AZ

PAW Animal Shelter of North Lee Co.

Burlington

IA

People for Pets – Magic Valley Humane Society

Twin Falls

ID

Project Cool Breeze

Charleston

SC

Rescued Inc

Moline

IL

RezDawg Rescue

Gallup

NM

Safe Harbor Family Crisis Center

Galesburg

IL

St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House for Victims of Family Violence

Canton

NY

Sunshine on a Ranney Day

Gainesville

GA

Sylvia’s Hope Estate

Louisville

KY

SYTGE Outreach Ministry

Winder

GA

Teens Empowerment Awareness with Resolutions (TEARS)

Columbus

GA

The Caring Place

Whitehall

PA

The Hope Buss

Louisville

KY

The Neighborhood Center

Whitehall

PA

The O’Connor House

Carmel

IN

The Robertson County Senior Center

Springfield

TN

Valley Mission – First Baptist Church

Pocatello

ID

Wilson County Interfaith Services – Hope Station

Wilson

NC

Wyoming Food for Thought

Casper

WY

The KFC Foundation supports and empowers KFC restaurant employees to be their best selves by providing pathways to education, hardship assistance, opportunities to give back to their communities and more. The Kentucky Fried Wishes program is one of five charitable programs that the KFC Foundation offers KFC restaurant employees across the U.S. including the REACH Educational Grant ProgramRise with GEDWorksKFC Family Fund, and MyChange.

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Operating independently from KFC Corporation and led by a board including KFC franchisees, the KFC Foundation receives its financial support from Round Up fundraising and its annual donation program, a voluntary program where KFC franchisees elect to contribute a portion of their restaurant sales of Secret Recipe Fries to engage in and support the Foundation’s initiatives.

*To be eligible for Kentucky Fried Wishes and any of the KFC Foundation’s charitable assistance programs, employees must work at a KFC restaurant in the U.S. that is participating in the KFC Foundation’s 2022 annual donation program.

About the KFC Foundation

The KFC Foundation, an independent 501c3 organization, has provided over $25 million to more than 9,000 KFC U.S. restaurant employees and students through education, hardship assistance and personal finance programs, and more. The KFC Foundation’s charitable programs are made possible through the generosity of KFC’s many franchisees, KFC Corporation, vendors, and other individual donors. 

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