Other than their utterly delicious chicken sandwiches and perfectly crisped fries (and same-sex marriage controversies), Chick-fil-A is largely known for one thing: being closed on Sundays.
Because many of the company’s values are influenced by the religious beliefs of its founder S. Truett Cathy, all Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays, which is a wild concept in 2018 given the potential income that could be had on those days.
Nevertheless, Chick-fil-A has remained consistently ardent in their beliefs throughout the years (for better or for worse) and have remained closed on Sundays, money and hungry customers be damned.
However, just because Chick-fil-A us closed on normal Sundays does not mean that the rules can’t be bent, especially when there are extraordinary circumstances like natural disasters.
The Chick-fil-A location coordinated with the Red Cross and donated 500 sandwiches and 1,200 nuggets to three different shelters for people who were forced to evacuate their homes.
While Chick-fil-A’s policy to remain closed on Sunday is well-documented, the chain makes rare exceptions in emergencies, providing free food to those in need.
“While Chick-fil-A restaurants are always closed for business on Sunday, some local restaurant teams volunteer to serve their communities in times of crisis,” the chain said in a statement to Business Insider.
This is not the first time that a Chick-fil-A franchise has acted when others are in need, as an Atlanta Chick-fil-A provided free meals to thousands of passengers who were stranded at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after a power failure halted activity in 2017.
Similarly, following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016, Chick-fil-A employees opened on Sunday to prepare food for first responders and people donating blood following the shooting.