Tastes Like Chicken

01 Aug

Supposedly, 630,000 people are flocking to Chick-fil-a in support of free speech and traditional marriage today.  Based on the lines at the various locations, I’m guessing that’s a pretty fair estimate.

A lot of vitriolic misinformation has been spread about Chick-fil-a recently, so while I understand the sentiment, I can’t help but wonder…

630,000 patrons go to a fast food restaurant.  I’m guessing most of them are families, but for the sake of being conservative, let’s estimate that each patron purchases only $10 in food.

That’s $6.3 million.  On chicken sandwiches.

On the other side of the issue, let’s imagine that the same number of people are currently participating in the Chick-fil-a boycott, and expressing their opinions by purchasing sandwiches at McDonald’s to make their point.  So, let’s say another $6.3 million in burgers gets spent at some point this week.

$12.6 million on sandwiches.  To prove a point or express an opinion.

While I’m sympathetic to making your views heard, let me offer something else to consider while you’re standing in line for that sandwich or burger.

  • $12.6 million could buy a cow for each of 25,200 impoverished, malnourished families – which would provide both nutrition and a sustainable way to earn money.
  • $12.6 million could provide 252,000 children in underfunded districts with school supplies for a year.
  • $12.6 million could sponsor 7,500 children in 3rd world nations for five years.
  • $12.6 million could put 175 students through 4 years of college at Texas A&M.
  • $12.6 million could plant 12,600,000 trees.
  • $12.6 million could open 42 new animal shelters.
  • $12.6 million could buy 6,300,000 children’s books for libraries and reading programs in need.
  • $12.6 million could purchase 378,000 first aid kits, 3,024,000 blankets, and 1,260,000 surgical scissors to help volunteer doctors provide communities in some of the hardest-hit regions (Haiti, Pakistan) with basic and emergency health care, essential supplies, and other forms of humanitarian relief.
  • $12.6 million could buy personal care items and toys for 252,000 families seeking refuge at women’s shelters across the country.
  • $12.6 million could provide 420 deep water wells, bringing clean water to up to 1,260,000 people in Kenya.

Or… it could buy sandwiches.

Just saying.


 
 
  1. Nick K

    August 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Well said

     
  2. Nick Kurtz

    August 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Well said

     
  3. Whitney G

    August 2, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I wish that more people could think this way. I completely agree!

     
  4. Whitney Gates

    August 2, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I wish that more people could think this way. I completely agree!

     
  5. Valerie H

    August 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Good point!

     
  6. Valerie Tosi Harris

    August 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Good point!