March 30, 2012 // Franchising.com // LOUISVILLE, KY - There's truly no place like home. As part of a year-long campaign to bring people together, Kentucky Fried Chicken provided another deserving family an emotional reunion today. Jo Anne Yeager Sallah, a relief worker with International Relief and Development (IRD), has been stationed in Gambia since 2008 with her husband and two children, thousands of miles away from her parents, Capt. Donald R. Yeager and Jeanne Yeager of Sunnyvale, Calif. With the distance, the elder Yeagers have not seen their grandchildren for more than a year.
"When you live so far away from your loved ones, you learn to connect with each other using the latest technology, but nothing beats seeing them in person, so we really cherish any opportunity we get to see each other," said Jo Anne Yeager Sallah. "KFC's effort to bring our family together again means so much to us, and we'll never forget this experience."
Working with KFC to coordinate the surprise, Jeanne brought an unsuspecting Donald to the Elks Lodge where his retired men's group meets regularly. While Donald thought he would be meeting up with his fellow veterans, to his surprise, he was greeted by his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, all eagerly waiting at the door to embrace him. After wiping away tears and giving one another plenty of hugs, the family continued to catch up over a meal of KFC Chunky Chicken Pot Pies.
In January, KFC reunited Air Force Capt. Cherissa Jackson with her daughters, parents and siblings when she returned home from her deployment in Afghanistan. KFC may conduct additional reunions this year. Consumers who know of family members or friends deserving of a reunion can share their stories on KFC's Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/KFC) and Twitter profile (www.Twitter.com/KFC_Colonel).
"Whether it's our KFC Chunky Chicken Pot Pies, the Colonel's Original Recipe Fried Chicken or one of our delicious side dishes, at KFC, we make food that brings family and friends together," said Jason Marker, Chief Marketing Officer of KFC. "That's why we're on a year-long mission to connect deserving families together over our world-famous chicken."
Loaded with chunks of the world's-best chicken, diced vegetables and covered with a buttery, flaky crust, KFC's Chunky Chicken Pot Pie is freshly baked every day at participating locations. Each pie is only $3.99 for a limited time.
KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy™, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Crispy Strips with home-style sides, Hot Wings, and freshly made chicken sandwiches including the Double Down® and the Doublicious®. There are more than 15,000 KFC outlets in 109 countries and territories around the world serving some 12 million customers each day. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM.) For more information, visit www.kfc.com. Follow KFC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KFC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kfc_colonel).
The Kentucky Fried Chicken concept was pioneered by Colonel Harland Sanders (1890-1980), whose cooking career began at age six. Sanders held jobs ranging from streetcar conductor to insurance salesman, but his cooking skills were a constant throughout his life. In 1930, Sanders operated a service station in Corbin, Ky., and filled the stomachs of hungry travelers who stopped in to fill up their gas tanks. Sanders soon moved his restaurant across the street when he could no longer keep up with the demand from travelers who he had been feeding at his kitchen table. In 1935, the Kentucky Governor made Sanders an honorary Kentucky Colonel for his contributions to the state's cuisine. Over the next decade, the Colonel perfected his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices and the basic cooking technique still used at KFC today. When Sanders was 65, a new interstate highway forced the closure of his restaurant and he was left with only his recipe for fried chicken and a $105 Social Security check. The Colonel hit the road and struck handshake deals with restaurant owners who agreed to sell his fried chicken. What began as a dream fueled by the Original Recipe, a no-quit attitude and a Social Security check grew into the world's largest chicken restaurant chain. Until he passed away in 1980 at the age of 90, the Colonel still traveled 250,000 miles a year visiting KFC restaurants around the world.