Chick-fil-A broke from tradition and opened on a Sunday — and there’s an incredible backstory

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  • Chick-fil-A is never open on Sundays.
  • However, this Sunday, the chain sprang into action to prepare free meals for the thousands of passengers stranded after a power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International.
  • Workers “immediately mobilized” after Atlanta’s mayor called the company to ask for assistance.

Chick-fil-A broke one of its core rules and served fried chicken this Sunday. And, the fast-food chain had an incredible justification for doing so.

On Sunday afternoon, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International – the world’s busiest airport – lost power, causing more than 1,000 flights to be grounded. As hours went on without power being restored, the city of Atlanta turned to Chick-fil-A to help craft a solution.

Atlanta’s mayor, Kasim Reed, called Chick-fil-A at around 10 p.m. and asked for assistance, company spokesperson Amanda Hannah said in an email to Business Insider.

Typically, Chick-fil-A is not open on Sunday, due to the founder’s religious beliefs. However, this Sunday, Chick-fil-A employees “immediately mobilized,” making sandwiches and delivering them to the emergency operations center to be distributed to stranded passengers.

“It has been a very difficult day for thousands of travelers,” Hannah said. “And while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need.”

Hannah continued: “We do not make a profit but do what we can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship.”

People immediately celebrated the chicken chain’s break from tradition.

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Power at was restored at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International minutes after midnight. According to Georgia Power, more than 5,000 meals have been delivered to stranded passengers.