Unique historical artifacts from Colonel Sanders personal collection, ranging from a 1960s-era Colonel Sanders-shaped weathervane to a medallion presented to the Colonel by President Nixon, were recently auctioned by KFC to raise money to feed the hungry. A total of 17 historically significant items, also including a plaque that was presented to the Colonel by the Boy Scouts of America in 1976, were auctioned by Texas-based Heritage Auctions.
Historian Barry Bernson and KFC employee Trevor Park, right, looking at a rare, 50-year-old Colonel Sanders weathervane which once stood atop a KFC restaurant. The Colonel Sanders Collection auction, which concluded on Oct. 28, 2013, raised nearly $5,000 to benefit Feeding America and the World Food Programme. (Photo: Business Wire)
The auction, which ended Oct. 28, raised nearly $5,000 to benefit Feeding America, the nations leading hunger relief organization, and the World Food Programme (WFP), the worlds largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. The money raised alone from the weathervane, purchased for over $1,000, and the Boy Scout plaque, purchased for over $500, will provide more than 6,000 meals to hungry women and children.
Additionally, in thousands of restaurants across the country, KFC customers are doing their part to fight hunger by donating a dollar to support KFCs Recipe for Hope campaign that benefits WFP. To date, more than $1 million has been raised and donations are being accepted at participating KFC restaurants through Sunday, Nov. 10. In 2012, more than $1.8 million was donated to WFP, and since 2007, KFC restaurants in the United States have raised more than $8.5 million to fight hunger.
We are very happy with the results of our Recipe for Hope charity auction we not only raised funds, but we also raised awareness for KFCs annual World Hunger Relief program, said John Cywinski, President of KFC U.S. Those who won these storied artifacts not only now own pieces of American history, but more importantly are honoring Colonel Sanders commitment to others by giving back just like he did. Every dollar raised through the auction can feed four hungry children for a day.
While the Recipe For Hope auction has concluded, KFC customers can still join the fight against hunger by making a donation at a participating KFC restaurant. With less than a week remaining in the campaign, several KFC restaurants have each raised more than $4,000 through their local Recipe for Hope fundraising efforts. The KFC restaurants in East Wareham, Mass., and Powhatan, Va., are vying for top fundraising honors, each having already raised more than $5,600!
Since 2007, KFC has participated in Yum! Brands nationally-recognized annual World Hunger Relief campaign supporting the World Food Programme and other hunger relief agencies. To date, KFC and Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief campaign has raised $150 million for the World Food Programme and other organizations, which has provided nearly 600 million meals to those in need across the globe.
For more information on helping KFC feed the hungry, please visit www.hungertohope.com.
About World Food Programme (WFP)
For approximately one dollar a day, WFP can provide a meal to four children through its global school meals program. All funds raised in the US will be donated to WFP USA, a 501(c)(3) US charity, which supports the programs of WFP. For more information about WFP USA, visit www.wfpusa.org/about. All funds donated by customers during World Hunger Relief will directly support the greatest needs of WFPs food assistance programs in vulnerable communities around the world. WFP does not endorse any product or services.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
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