Alabama Chik-fil-A owner delivers free food to cold, stranded motorists

When an intense snowstorm caught motorists by surprise Tuesday, causing a major roadblock on Highway 280 in Birmingham, a nearby Chik-fil-A franchise owner came to help bearing food.

Meadows Chik fil A owner
Photo credit: Fox News courtesy Lauren Dango

“I took my delivery out and couldn’t get there,” owner/operator of the location Mark Meadows told “It was bumper-to-bumper for several hours.”

So instead of letting the food go to waste, he handed it out to drivers stuck in traffic.

“It was an opportunity to help,” he said. “Some people were in their cars for five or six hours.”

Meadows closed the restaurant, but many of his staff – including Manager Audrey Pitt – returned when they unable to get home, according to Fox News.

“Our store is about a mile and a half from the interstate and it took me two hours to get there,” Pitt told Fox News’ Todd Starnes. “It was a parking lot as far as I could see. At one point there were more people walking than driving.”

Meadows decided to prepare more Chick-fil-A sandwiches to give away  to drivers who were still stalled at around 5 p.m., he told

“That was the biggest round,” he said. “We probably gave away about 300 sandwiches. Some of these people left their office at 11 that morning and didn’t have anything to eat. They were hungry.”

People were thankful to get something to eat and were surprised that it was free, Pitt told Fox News.

“This company is based on taking care of people and loving people before you’re worried about money or profit,” Pitt told Starnes. “We were just trying to follow the model that we’ve all worked under for so long and the model that we’ve come to love. There was really nothing else we could have done but try to help people any way we could.”

Meadow said helping others had its own reward.

“It made me feel real good, especially with people being so appreciative,” Meadows told “It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time.”

After spending the night in the restaurant with some employees and a few stranded motorists, Meadows provided chicken biscuits for many Wednesday morning, according to

H/T: Fox News

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