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A fun-filled lunch for girls of Saranalaya at KFC

Special guests from Saranalaya Home having lunchat KFC Restaurant on Avanashi Road inCoimbatore on Saturday. PHOTO S. SIVA SARAVANAN

Special guests from Saranalaya Home having lunchat KFC Restaurant on Avanashi Road inCoimbatore on Saturday. PHOTO S. SIVA SARAVANAN   | Photo Credit: S_ SIVA SARAVANAN

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First ‘Hunger to Hope Kitchen’ organised in State, outside Chennai

The busy KFC Restaurant on Avanashi Road was closed to customers from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Saturday as special guests were having a fun-filled lunch. The guests were 32 girls of Saranalaya Home for the Prisoners’ Children. For them, it was the first visit to such a restaurant.

“I have seen advertisements of such food. It is the first time I am getting a chance to have it,” says S. Sandhya (14), a Class IX student.

Four-year-old B. Jothi had no words to explain the experience that her friends and she were having. The visit itself was a surprise as they were not told where they were going on a Saturday morning, till they landed at KFC.

The session began with a magic show, followed by a dance performance by the girls to thank the organisers. It was followed by the much-awaited lunch, which included fried chicken and French fries that were served with soft drinks to the children. The girls did not have to place an order.

Their plates were re-filled from time- to-time.

Sister Pauline Mary, who brought the children to the restaurant, said that the 10-year-old home for children of convicts frequently received food from persons celebrating their birthdays or to mark weddings and wedding anniversaries.

“This is the first time the girls have had an outing of this kind,” she said.

There was equal excitement among the organisers and staff. Sheikh Ibrahim, a staff, said that it was fun serving food to the children. The restaurant also made a donation of Rs. 25,000 to the home.

Chief Marketing Officer of KFC India, Dhruv Kaul, told The Hindu that this was the first ‘Hunger to Hope Kitchen’ organised by it in the State, outside Chennai.

“We are just sharing the space, food and fun here with these children. This event was launched internationally in 2007,” he said.

Mr. Kaul said that the event was part of the community connect programme of the ‘World Hunger Relief’ initiative of Yum! – the parent company of KFC.

“Fund for this programme is pooled in by customers and the local restaurant. The local restaurants identify the home from where children should be brought for the event,” he said and added that more such events would be organised in the city.

The CMO said that KFC had 310 outlets across 80 cities in India, of which 37 were in Tamil Nadu.

“We are planning to increase it to 42 by the end of this year by starting new restaurants in Salem, Tiruchi, Karur and Thoothukudi,” he said and added that the chain had targeted 500 restaurants by 2015.

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