Chick-fil-A Actually Opened on a Sunday to Hand Out Free Food to Stranded Travelers

Thrillist - Rachel Kuzma

Chick-fil-A is the Ned Flanders of fast food: Maybe not the first one you'd invite to a party, but you bet he'll make sure everyone's hydrating properly. In Chick-fil-A's case, that meant bringing sandwiches and water to a bunch of miserable travelers on its own day off. Thank goodness for the Ned Flanders of the world.

As you may have heard, a fire at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport caused an 11-hour blackout on Sunday, stranding travelers for hours and resulting in more than 1,000 canceled flights. The Georgia-based fried chicken sandwich chain managed to get enough staff together to hand out over 2,000 meals, including those supplied to stranded travelers at the Georgia International Convention Center.

Here's Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's full statement about how it all unfolded, as reported by WHIO:

“The mayor called about 10 p.m. and asked for assistance. We immediately mobilized staff and team members who live and work near the airport, and they are making sandwiches and delivering them to the EOC (emergency operations center). City and airport officials there are distributing sandwiches to passengers who are stranded due to the power outage. It has been a very difficult day for thousands of travelers, and while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need. We do not make a profit, but do what we can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship”

As to why Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays -- basically it's to give workers a day to spend with friends and family.

The Atlanta airport is the world's busiest, so any day without power there is a disaster. This may not have been a Christmas miracle, but it was certainly a nice thing.

Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email and subscribe here for our YouTube channel to get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.

James Chrisman is a News Writer at Thrillist who has never helped anyone in his life. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @james_chrisman2.