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KFC Offers Personal Financial Program to Employees


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KFC has been in the news recently for its out-there ads, but the brand recently launched a program to help its employees with personal financial planning that sounds even crispier to this reporter. The KFC Foundation, an independent non-profit organization funded by KFC franchisees, is partnering with MyChange, a charitable offering for employees at participating U.S. restaurants.

Offered in partnership with Sum180, MyChange fosters personalized financial wellness and teaches foundational personal finance skills to KFC’s restaurant employees who choose to enroll in the program.

“The KFC Foundation programs provide resources to KFC’s frontline workers, based on their real needs. Financial health impacts overall health and wellness. So, we’re excited to provide the people we serve with tools to take charge of their financial trajectory through the new MyChange offering,” said Krista Snider, managing director, the KFC Foundation.

MyChange pairs a simple and confidential financial wellness app with a personal adviser to empower users to take charge of their money. Program features include:

   - Budgeting tools and weekly budgeting tips

   - Personalized budgeting plans and actionable, highly personalized next steps

   - Helpful videos and easy instructions

   - Notifications to encourage accountability

   - Personal and private access to financial advisers to provide coaching

   - An online community for peer support and encouragement

During the annual KFC Corporation-sponsored “Your KFC Voice” restaurant team engagement survey, team member responses indicated financial counseling as a primary need, second only to college scholarships. This insight, coupled with the KFC Foundation’s own research and experience with constituents via its hardship assistance program, led the KFC Foundation to establish MyChange in partnership with Sum180.

MyChange joins several other KFC Foundation offerings, including Rise with GEDworks (personalized high school credential assistance), the KFC Family Fund (hardship and crisis assistance), and the REACH Educational Grant Program (college tuition assistance at $2,000, $2,500 and $3,000 award levels), rounding out the employee assistance organization to support the whole wellbeing of KFC’s restaurant employees.

Operating independently from KFC Corporation and led by a board including KFC franchisees, KFC Foundation receives the majority of its financial support from the Cole Slaw Donation Program, a voluntary program where KFC franchisees elect to have a portion of the sales of coleslaw in their restaurants used to engage in and support the Foundation’s initiatives (averaging out to a $1 per employee per month contribution).

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