KFC Japan Giving Away Chicken to Eateries for Kids

Economy

Yokohama, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan Ltd. has begun providing precooked chicken products for free to "kodomo shokudo," or eateries that offer meals to children without any charge or at low prices.

The move is aimed at reducing disposal of food materials that remained unsold by closing time at the fast-food restaurant chain's outlets but can still be eaten, the subsidiary of KFC Holdings Japan Ltd. <9873> said Tuesday. The chain also hopes to support local communities through the initiative.

KFC Japan became the first restaurant chain operating across the country to give away precooked products for free to kodomo shokudo, run mainly by local residents as part of efforts to address child poverty.

Through Food Bank Yokohama, a nonprofit organization in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, a KFC Japan restaurant has started delivering to kodomo shokudo eateries in Yokohama unsold precooked chicken products after freezing them. The eateries heat the products up or remove bones from them before serving them to children.

"In collaboration with the city of Yokohama, we have established a system to provide products while ensuring their safety," KFC Japan said in a statement.

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