A Taste of Home: KFC Reunites American Relief Worker with Her Family after Months of Helping Others 6,500 Miles Away in Africa

There’s truly no place like home. As part of a year-long campaign to

bring people together, Kentucky Fried Chicken provided another deserving

family an emotional reunion today.

Jo Anne Yeager Sallah, a relief worker with International Relief and

Development (IRD), has been stationed in Gambia since 2008 with her

husband and two children, thousands of miles away from her parents,

Capt. Donald R. Yeager and Jeanne Yeager of Sunnyvale, Calif. With the

distance, the elder Yeagers have not seen their grandchildren for more

than a year.

“When you live so far away from your loved ones, you learn to connect

with each other using the latest technology, but nothing beats seeing

them in person, so we really cherish any opportunity we get to see each

other,” said Jo Anne Yeager Sallah. “KFC’s effort to bring our family

together again means so much to us, and we’ll never forget this


Working with KFC to coordinate the surprise, Jeanne brought an

unsuspecting Donald to the Elks Lodge where his retired men’s group

meets regularly. While Donald thought he would be meeting up with his

fellow veterans, to his surprise, he was greeted by his daughter,

son-in-law and grandchildren, all eagerly waiting at the door to embrace

him. After wiping away tears and giving one another plenty of hugs, the

family continued to catch up over a meal of KFC Chunky Chicken Pot Pies.

KFC Continues to Bring People Together in 2012

In January, KFC reunited Air Force Capt. Cherissa Jackson with her

daughters, parents and siblings when she returned home from her

deployment in Afghanistan. KFC may conduct additional reunions this

year. Consumers who know of family members or friends deserving of a

reunion can share their stories on KFC’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/KFC)

and Twitter profile (www.Twitter.com/KFC_Colonel).

“Whether it’s our KFC Chunky Chicken Pot Pies, the Colonel’s Original

Recipe Fried Chicken or one of our delicious side dishes, at KFC, we

make food that brings family and friends together,” said Jason Marker,

Chief Marketing Officer of KFC. “That’s why we’re on a year-long mission

to connect deserving families together over our world-famous chicken.”

Enjoy the Classic Taste of KFC’s Chunky Chicken Pot Pie

Loaded with chunks of the world’s-best chicken, diced vegetables and

covered with a buttery, flaky crust, KFC’s Chunky Chicken Pot Pie is

freshly baked every day at participating locations. Each pie is only

$3.99 for a limited time.

For more information, visit www.kfc.com.

About KFC

KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world’s most popular

chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe®, Extra

Crispy™, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Crispy Strips with home-style

sides, Hot Wings, and freshly made chicken sandwiches including the

Double Down® and the Doublicious®. There are more than 15,000 KFC

outlets in 109 countries and territories around the world serving some

12 million customers each day. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum!

Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM) For more information, visit www.kfc.com.

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and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kfc_colonel).

About Colonel Sanders

The Kentucky Fried Chicken concept was pioneered by Colonel Harland

Sanders (1890-1980), whose cooking career began at age six. Sanders held

jobs ranging from streetcar conductor to insurance salesman, but his

cooking skills were a constant throughout his life. In 1930, Sanders

operated a service station in Corbin, Ky., and filled the stomachs of

hungry travelers who stopped in to fill up their gas tanks. Sanders soon

moved his restaurant across the street when he could no longer keep up

with the demand from travelers who he had been feeding at his kitchen

table. In 1935, the Kentucky Governor made Sanders an honorary Kentucky

Colonel for his contributions to the state’s cuisine. Over the next

decade, the Colonel perfected his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices

and the basic cooking technique still used at KFC today. When Sanders

was 65, a new interstate highway forced the closure of his restaurant

and he was left with only his recipe for fried chicken and a $105 Social

Security check. The Colonel hit the road and struck handshake deals with

restaurant owners who agreed to sell his fried chicken. What began as a

dream fueled by the Original Recipe, a no-quit attitude and a Social

Security check grew into the world’s largest chicken restaurant chain.

Until he passed away in 1980 at the age of 90, the Colonel still

traveled 250,000 miles a year visiting KFC restaurants around the world.