LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) - KFC temporarily closed two of its restaurants to paying customers and handed out free meals to the needy in an effort to call attention to world hunger.
Turning the two restaurants - the very first KFC in Corbin and the original KFC franchise in Salt Lake City - into "World Hunger Relief Kitchens" for one lunchtime this week wasn't a new idea for the Louisville-based fried chicken giant. The company did the same thing in restaurants coast-to-coast last year to launch the program, whose goal is to collect donations to help ease hunger worldwide.
The company says the two restaurants that participated this week are its most historically significant. The Corbin restaurant opened in 1940 and the Salt Lake City franchise in 1952.