KFC is very proud to underwrite the development of the documentary video and this online interactive exhibit A Separate Flame. Louisville Western Branch: The First African-American Public Library.

“We are honored to be associated with the rich heritage of this Library and the dedication of so many who have kept the flame of learning alive within its walls,” said KFC’s CEO David Novak at the screening of the video in Louisville, Kentucky, February 27, 1997.

Who is KFC

KFC, the world’s most popular chicken restaurant, specializes in both fried and roasted chicken and home style sides. KFC offers great-tasting meals and snacks at more than 9,600 restaurants in 71 countries.

Every day, more than six million customers around the world make KFC part of their lives. KFC’s menu everywhere includes the traditional Original Recipe chicken and coleslaw -- made with the same great taste Colonel Harland Sanders created nearly half a century ago. Customers also can enjoy more than 400 other KFC products tailored to the unique tastes of our individual customers.

KFC’s vision is to be “America’s Leading Kitchen for Convenient Meals” and to feed every family a great-tasting meal at least once a week. This reinforces KFC’s long tradition of giving families an alternative to cooking -- a tradition dating back to the late 1950s when Colonel Sanders advertised that he was “Cooking Sunday Dinner Seven Days A Week.”

Community and Corporate Involvement

Everyone knows that the local KFC restaurant is one of the best places in the neighborhood to get delicious, quick and affordable meals. But perhaps you didn’t know that your neighborhood KFC restaurant contributes more to the community than good food.

KFC, its restaurants and its employees, are involved in countless projects that benefit the African American community and contribute to the local economy.

Working with the Opportunities Industrialization Center, KFC has initiated many youth hiring and training programs in several inner-city communities across the country.

KFC is a major corporate sponsor of the Louisville Defender newspaper’s Minority Consumer Expo and Career Education Fair.

KFC helps underwrite the Fullwood Foundation, established by KFC franchisee Harlow Fullwood Jr. to support community projects in Baltimore’s inner city.

In 1996, KFC launched the KFCares program in Louisville, which will enable each local KFC restaurant manager to award a check for up to $1,000 to a worthwhile project in the neighborhood around his or her restaurant.

KFC provides food and volunteer staffing to hundreds of social service centers in cities around the country.

Economic Impact

KFC restaurants are much more than convenient places to get a delicious meal. They contribute millions of dollars to the local neighborhood economy, providing benefits to individuals and communities across the country.

KFC offers employment opportunities to neighborhood residents. Nearly all of the 15-30 employees needed for each restaurant come from the immediate area, and much of the money they earn is spent in their own neighborhoods.

KFC restaurants support a broad spectrum of products and services in their local areas, including poultry dealers, produce suppliers, courier services, furniture and much more.

KFC restaurants generate tax dollars for their communities, supporting important services like police and fire protection.

With more than 400 restaurants in inner-city neighborhoods across the country, KFC is already a major employer for urban residents. But we’re doing more. In 1995, KFC began a program to renovate and upgrade many of our inner-city units. KFC will spend about $100,000 per restaurant on renovations, which include upgrading lobbies, adding security lights and even selling Taco Bell products in some units. Each of these renovated restaurants will add about 20 new workers.