LAFAYETTE, La. -- Krispy Krunchy Chicken recently donated meals to three towns in Florida hit by Hurricane Michael.
The convenience-store foodservice concept brought its Krispy Krunchy Chicken Emergency Relief Kitchen to Waller Elementary School in Youngstown, Fla.; Parker Elementary in Parker, Fla.; and a Walmart location in Lynn Haven, Fla. The company served 10,000 free Krispy Krunchy Chicken meals and sides to residents and first responders.
“I was deeply moved by the spirit and determination expressed by so many Floridians this weekend,” said Neal Onebane, Krispy Krunchy Chicken's founder and president. “We came to Florida to lift spirits and instead found ourselves being lifted up by the positive and can-do spirit of those we met who have lost everything. Our hearts are filled with affection today for those we fed, and are filled with pride and gratitude to those many volunteers who stood by our side to serve these free meals to those in need.”
Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida’s Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 hurricane. The storm has been linked to 45 deaths in the United States.
This isn’t the first time Krispy Krunchy Chicken has assisted in emergency relief efforts. The fried chicken franchise sponsored the Cajun Navy Relief’s first Search and Rescue Games this spring. The goal of the event was to improve communication and teamwork among rescue volunteers.
Lafayette, La.-based Krispy Krunchy Chicken has more than 2,400 locations in 46 U.S. states, American Samoa and Malaysia.