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Chick-fil-A sign in Naples, Florida.

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, it's been inspiring to see so many people and organizations step up to do what they can to help. In recent weeks we've been inspired by one Iowa woman who made a face mask giving tree for her community, Publix buying excess produce and dairy from farmers to donate to food banks, and Cracker Barrel announcing a program to donate up to 10,000 meals to health care workers. We're thrilled to see all these virtual volunteer opportunities so many are partaking in right now.

Today, we're moved by yet another Southern company stepping up to the plate to help: Chick-fil-A has pledged to donate more than $10.8 million to coronavirus relief efforts in local communities, per their announcement on their company blog, The Chicken Wire.

Their initiatives will be supported by a $10.8 million fund that the Atlanta-based company will give out to local communities through its network of more than 1,800 independent Owner-Operators. These funds will be allotted to Chick-fil-A franchises through June 2020, to serve the purpose of making a swift impact on the needs of their communities, in the form of  food or item donations to local first responders, health care workers, and Chick-fil-A team members and their families.  Chick-fil-A's food donation program, first founded in 2012, Chick-fil-A Shared Table, is also hard at work ensuring food gets to those in need during these difficult times. Last but not least, Chick-fil-A will invest a total of $17 million in scholarships to 6,700 team members in 47 states and Canada this spring, as per the restaurant's annual tradition in offering scholarships to further their staff's educational goals.

"Striving to be a supportive, caring and generous neighbor is in our DNA. Our restaurant Operators give back locally in so many ways, and this time is no exception," said Chick-fil-A Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Cathy, in the company statement. "I'm humbled by the incredible care our restaurant teams have shown – from offering free meals to health care workers to feeding school children in need to writing notes of encouragement for guests. They know where the need is in their local community, and our goal for this fund is to support their efforts," he continued.

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We're raising our Frosted Lemonade in spirit and toasting you, dear Chick-fil-A.