Wingstop Chooses Feeding America as National Charity
Feeding America is the Nation's Largest Hunger Relief Organization
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wingstop, the leading chicken wing chain, announced today that it has chosen Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization, as its national charity of record. Wingstop's commitment to Feeding America will provide a minimum of $50,000 annually towards the nationwide fight against hunger.
Supporting a charity system-wide resulted as part of Wingstop's year-long effort to define its corporate culture, principles and beliefs.
"We want to be better stewards in both the communities we serve and in those we don't," said Bill Knight, Wingstop COO. "Feeding America shares several of our core values – compassion and a desire to feed those who are hungry in this country."
Knight also cited that Feeding America addresses the problem of domestic hunger by distributing more than 2 billion pounds of food and grocery product annually to more than 25 million Americans.
"Through Feeding America's network of food banks they are able to service hungry people in every county in the United States. They are everywhere we have restaurants or will eventually have restaurants," said Knight.
Doug Montgomery, director of new business and partnership development at Feeding America said, "We are very excited Wingstop has chosen to partner with Feeding America to help end domestic hunger and look forward to expanding the relationship in the years to come."
About Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest – The Nation's Food Bank Network)
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks operate 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit www.feedingamerica.org.
Wingstop offers restaurants with a nostalgic, aviation-themed atmosphere where the sole focus is on chicken wings, always starting with fresh wings, cooked to order in nine proprietary flavors. The chain also serves boneless wing strips that are made from 100 percent all-white meat chicken breast coated with a proprietary batter and breading. Wingstop features nine wing flavors, including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan, and Hickory Smoked BBQ. The wings are always made-to-order and served steaming hot. Customers can also choose from homemade side dishes including fresh-cut seasoned fries, bourbon baked beans, potato salad, creamy cole slaw, vegetable sticks, rolls and assorted dipping sauces.
Wingstop has more than 600 restaurants either open or under development in 31 states and consistently tops industry growth rankings. Wingstop recently won an American Business Award for Best Overall Company and is 125th on Entrepreneur's 2008 Franchise 500 list and was chosen Wing King at the 2006 National Buffalo Wing Festival. Troy Aikman, three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback, has served as the chain's national spokesman since 2003. Aikman extended his contract in 2006 for three years, as Wingstop has posted 20 consecutive quarters of comp store sales increases since the partnership.