Don’t be a chicken! Tough times call for cow bells and furry ears. To celebrate Cow Appreciation Day, dress like a cow from head to hoof and Chick-fil-A® will give you a free combo meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner). A meal includes an entrée, drink, and fries (click here for full details). Don’t have a cow costume? Get creative. Most people have a white t-shirt and duct tape. Use eyeliner for the face. Got a pair of black gloves? Voila – instant hooves. If you need more ideas, there are photos and even videos listed on the Chick-fil-A® website. A partial costume still gets you an entrée (not the complete meal). Click here to find the Chick-fil-A locations near you.
Some of you may not know that Chick-fil-A® is much more than a fast food restaurant. S. Truett Cathy, Founder and CEO of Chick-fil-A®, has built his successful business based on biblical principles and staying true to his beliefs. A faithful Christian with a restaurant chain with over $3.2 billion in sales in 2009 and nearly 1,500 locations, he walks the walk. Did you know Chick-fil-A® is closed on Sundays? Upon opening his first restaurant in 1946, Truett believed that all franchised operators and employees should have the opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so. So everyone got Sunday off.
“What impresses me most about Truett Cathy is that he has had the courage to follow his beliefs even though he’s pressured by the world to do otherwise. Even though the business world said it didn’t make sense to take Sundays off, Truett insisted on a day of rest.” Larry Julian, Author, “God Is My CEO”
And if you’ve never been in a Chick-fil-A® restaurant, go in just for the friendly service. Yep, even here in the O.C. The employees all seem to truly embrace Truett’s principles. Everyone seems thrilled that you walked in the door. An employee brought our food to our table, then the manager stopped by while we were eating to see how we were enjoying our food and asked if we needed drink refills. The service was better than some nice sit-down restaurants I’ve been to lately (I wondered if we were supposed to leave a tip?)
Truett and his wife Jeannette also founded the WinShape Foundation more than 20 years ago. The Foundation does so much I can’t even list all the details – foster care homes, four-year scholarships, summer camps for boys and girls, outdoor education programs, and marriage counseling and support. The Cathy’s don’t just encourage others to invest in young people, they are continually investing in our communities themselves. The Chick-fil-A® Leadership Scholarship Program has awarded over $26 million in scholarships! That’s putting your money where your mouth is! Truett Cathy’s home page quotes Proverbs 22:1 – “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.”
Finally, according to the Chick-fil-A® website,”our Corporate Purpose calls for us to be ‘a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us’ and ‘to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A®.’ Through stewardship, we have a responsibility to wisely manage natural resources and by influence, we have an opportunity to encourage others to do the right thing.” Chick-fil-A® napkins, trayliners and Kid’s Meal bags are made from 100% recycled content. Chick-fil-A® cups are recyclable in some municipalities. In addition, a Chick-fil-A® just opened in Forth Worth, Texas and is a candidate for LEED® certification (green buildings). Chick-fil-A® is planning to retrofit 900 existing restaurants over 2011 and 2012 to install faucet water restrictors and more efficient lighting.
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