In the past, we’ve brought you stories about big franchises that offer free meals to people in need, like the Little Caesars that generously provided slices to a homeless man who regularly dug through their Dumpster looking for sustenance.
A KFC in Gallipolis, Ohio, has a similar goodwill policy, but this one is specifically directed at our hardworking men and women in blue. Thanks to a photo shared with a Facebook group dedicated to Ohio’s law enforcement community, the policy’s spread to a dozen other locations in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.
The Gallipolis Police Department shared this picture on Ohio Going Blue’s Facebook page, prompting messages praising the policy. The post received more than 6,000 shares and many commenters encouraged KFC to enstate the same guideline at other locations.
KFC, which is headquartered in Ashland, Kentucky, heeded the call and now also provides free meals to uniformed law enforcement officers in Burlington, Ohio, nine locations in Kentucky (Pikeville, Ashland, Grayson, Hazard, Paintsville, Louisa, Jackson, Prestonsburg, and Morehead) and two in West Virginia (Huntington and Wayne).
The photo of the Gallipolis KFC went viral when it was posted in August of 2016, and the company’s president Doug Knipp said that he fielded calls from people all across the country thanking the organization for their support. “It’s what’s going on in our country today that we all need everybody’s help and we want to step up,” he said.
And to those who criticized KFC’s kind sentiment, Ohio Going Blue had the best response:
What do you think of this company’s thoughtful move? We think it’s wonderful to see in today’s world!
Share to let members of our law enforcement community know that their hard work is appreciated.