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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. 

The full list of Kentucky Fried Wishes recipients is below.

Alpha Alternative Pregnancy Care CenterHopkinsvilleKY
Americans Supporting Armed Services PotsdamNY
Angel’s Hands Community OutreachOwossoMI
Anson Athletic Youth AssociationWadesboroNC
Boys and Girls Club of Collin CountyMcKinneyTX
Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane CountySpokaneWA
Changed Lives MinistryMoncks CornerSC
COC Food PantryMoultonAL
Community Bike WorksWhitehallPA
Connecting for Children and FamiliesWoonsocketRI
Crisis Nursery of Effingham CountyEffinghamIL
East Bernstadt Independent SchoolLondonKY
Easterseals Eastern PennsylvaniaWhitehallPA
Family and Children’s AssociationLynbrookNY
Food Pantry Network of Licking CountyNewarkOH
Future Leaders of AmericaOxnardCA
Gallop to SuccessBenningtonVT
Grammy’s House Artesia Domestic Violence ShelterArtesiaNM
Healing Household 6JacksonvilleNC
Helping Hands – P.A.C.K.BakersfieldCA
Johnson County Youth CoalitionClarksvilleAR
Kingdom Covenant ConnectionsMobileAL
Laura’s HouseLaguna NiguelCA
Lift Youth CenterRinggoldGA
Live Like MadisonLaurinburgNC
Louisiana Chosen Sports FoundationMonroeLA
My Friend’s HouseLos AngelesCA
National Ovarian Cancer CoalitionKissimmeeFL
Onslow Women’s CenterJacksonvilleNC
Our Neighbors Farm & PantrySaffordAZ
PAW Animal Shelter of North Lee Co.BurlingtonIA
People for Pets – Magic Valley Humane SocietyTwin FallsID
Project Cool BreezeCharlestonSC
Rescued IncMolineIL
RezDawg RescueGallupNM
Safe Harbor Family Crisis CenterGalesburgIL
St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House for Victims of Family ViolenceCantonNY
Sunshine on a Ranney DayGainesvilleGA
Sylvia’s Hope EstateLouisvilleKY
SYTGE Outreach MinistryWinderGA
Teens Empowerment Awareness with Resolutions (TEARS)ColumbusGA
The Caring PlaceWhitehallPA
The Hope BussLouisvilleKY
The Neighborhood CenterWhitehallPA
The O’Connor HouseCarmelIN
The Robertson County Senior CenterSpringfieldTN
Valley Mission – First Baptist ChurchPocatelloID
Wilson County Interfaith Services – Hope StationWilsonNC
Wyoming Food for ThoughtCasperWY

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 Program, Rise with GEDWorks, KFC Family Fund, and MyChange.

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.