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KFC Sells Pink Buckets of Fried Chicken For Breast Cancer Research

KFC's Buckets For The Cure: Cool or Not?

Hmm . . . I'm torn over this one. Fast food retailer KFC launched a new initiative to support breast cancer research. Called Buckets For The Cure (seriously), for each pink bucket of chicken sold, KFC will donate 50 cents to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. KFC is aiming for a final donation amount of $8 million, which, if reached, will be the largest single donation to date. And that's a lot of buckets!

While I'm quick to consider any donation to breast cancer research a good donation, this partnership confuses me. On a very basic level, fried chicken is not the healthiest menu choice and can lead to obesity. And many doctors agree that obesity puts a woman at higher risk for developing breast cancer, since many breast cancers are fueled by estrogen, a hormone produced by fat tissue.

However strange it seems, the effort is laudable. The Buckets For The Cure website features accounts of survivors and victims of the disease as well as information and other resources. And I assume you can fill your pink bucket with grilled chicken instead of fried for a healthier option. What do you think?

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Carri-Craver Carri-Craver 6 years
Encouraging people to eat unhealthy food as a way to help eliminate breast cancer is insane. Please join our group dedicated to ending this terribly misguided partnership that only helps KFC by lending Komen's (once) good name to their unhealthy brand. We are encouraging people to instead donate to Breast Cancer Action.
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
Ugh. It makes donation seem so cheesy (which it's totally not!!). Not cool.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Kentucky Fried Cruelty! No thank you!
Skelly1029 Skelly1029 6 years
I'm a vegetarian and don't eat fast food to begin with so I believe that regardless of the pink bucket if you don't go to KFC to begin with you won't start now. I detest KFC, but if someone is going to make the choice to go in there and buy chicken at least something is coming out of it. In a perfect world KFC would just make a donation but we all know that's not how it works, so I suppose money raised for a cure should just be seen as that.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 6 years
I think Susan G. Komen is a crock. Think about it. When there's finally a "cure" what will happen to all these people that work for/at Susan G. Komen? They will be sh*t outta luck. They don't really want to find a cure. They want money. Plain and simple.
cotedazur cotedazur 6 years
If KFC wants to support breast cancer research, they should just make a donation and then put out a press release. I think it is DEFINITELY cheapening the whole "pink" movement to put out pink buckets of fried chicken.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
good for them for donating, but i'm really sick of the "pink" movement. to me, it's just a publicity stunt now. there are a million other causes, but companies always go pink. breast cancer sucks, but there are a ton of other causes that need more attention!
Purrsnickety Purrsnickety 6 years
I think they are just moving on to another gimmick to make money. Let us not forget that these are the same people who brought us collectible NASCAR buckets. They could offer healthier choices and fight obesity instead of pushing America even further down the obesity path by creating the monstrosity that is the Double Down "sandwich" and throwing some money at a cancer research fund.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
danakscully - That is hilarious. Thanks for sharing! Wackdoodle - I don't think anyone has a problem with KFC making a donation to cancer research. All large corporations make charitable donations, which is great. The issue is Susan G. Komen society promoting the consumption of unhealthy foods that increase one's risk of developing cancer. That's what people have a problem with. On a side note, I can't believe a charity actually turned down a donation from you - how rude!
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Chloe -
HeavnsGirl HeavnsGirl 6 years
If people are buying fried chicken anyway, they might as well do some good to offset the artery-clogging, animal-killing that they are doing. Think of it as similar to buying carbon credits to offset one's carbon footprint.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
I say it send the right message. There is nothing odd or ironic about a corporation deciding to get the public involved in making a charitable donation. Many everyday families don't think that they can afford to make a donation to any organization therefore they do not. However programs like this allow the every day man or woman to in some small way while feeding their family make a difference and donate to charity at the same time. You just try going to the American Cancer Society and giving them a donation of under a $1 because that is all you can spare. They will look at you like you are nuts, like "is that the best that you can do?" In some case, yes that is the best that a person can do. Recently I was stopped on the street by AMFAR. They asked if I could donate any money to AIDS/HIV research. I am currently living on an extremely limited income of SSDI and I had $5 which I was suppose to use for food but instead I thought TRIED to donate it to the AmFar fundraisers. I was asked "IS that ALL you have? We don't take donation smaller than $10/$20." This was said with a snicker. I took my 5 measly dollars and stuck it back in my wallet and walked on. A donation to charity is a donation. My sister did not get Invasive Ductile Breast Cancer from eating KFC. In fact she never eats the stuff. My aunt didn't suffer from Invasive Ductile Breast Cancer twice and die as a result of the second recurrence because she ate KFC. Any attempt to associate the eating of anything with the development of any cancer is BS and insulting to people who have had any cancer. ANY FUNDS raised for Breast Cancer Research are welcome. You'd be surprised to know that RJR Nabisco gives a lot of money to cancer research. Then again so of their product namely cigarettes contribute or cause many cancers. Should cancer researchers only take money from people and groups that are holier than the people here who think that KFC making a donation in hypocritical? Finding a cure is far more important than vegan/vegetarian/ animal liberation/anti-fast food holier than thou people bitching about how funds are raised and missing the entire darn point that at least this company is TRYING to do something positive. WTF are you trying to do other than complain and push your agenda?
hmmmmmmm i don't think so.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Ironic, to say the least. @ Chloe - Funny you say that, we were discussing it on another forum I post at. The site is down at the moment, but I'll send you the link. Someone made a parody of this with a pack of cigarettes.
lifeloveandlattes lifeloveandlattes 6 years
This is so backwards.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I find this ironic on many levels. The Susan Komen Foundation is definitely a good cause to donate to, but overconsumption of KFC's chicken is probably what leads a lot of people to develop breast cancer in the first place. It makes more sense to just donate $ directly to the foundation.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
I don't think it's worth criticising the partnership because there's nothing inherently wrong with eating fried chicken - what's unhealthy is eating it then failing to maintain a sufficiently active lifestyle and they & other cancer research charities have partnered up with fast food retailers in the past ; what would be ridiculous would be breast cancer research partnering with a product that has a causal relationship with cancer eg cigarettes or tanning beds
SFCA SFCA 6 years
There's plenty of people that won't touch this stuff; however, there are a whole lot of other people that eat this kind of food on a daily basis. I don't see anything wrong with someone who already eats this type of food, buying it and at the same time donating money to a great cause. When it comes down to it, people will eat what they want to eat. KFC is doing a good thing.
SweetNGlow SweetNGlow 6 years
If KFC wants to donate 50 cents for each pink bucket of chicken sold, then I appreciate that they're doing something positive by "soliciting" donations from people who may not otherwise donate to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. I don't think this is worst than General Mills teaming up with Pink for the Cure on products such as Warm Delight Desserts and Potatoes.
SurferGurl SurferGurl 6 years
I'm all over the map. It's sooo complicated!
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