Chick-Fil-A feeds people stranded at Atlanta airport — on a Sunday

ATLANTA – Some are calling it a Christmas miracle.

On Sunday, Chick-Fil-A employees put together thousands of meals for people stranded at the Atlanta airport after power went out.

The outage shut down the airport, canceling and grounding flights and stranding passengers for several hours. It was determined that the outage was caused by a fire in an underground electrical facility. 

Around 12 a.m. Monday, the Atlanta airport tweeted a photo of Chick-Fil-A employees handing out meals to people who were stranded.

The tweet read "LIGHTS ON and delivering food and water to our passengers! Thank you @dancathy with @ChickfilA for opening on a SUNDAY! #ChristmasMiracle."


Dan Cathy is the chairman and CEO of Chick-Fil-A.

The fast food giant traditionally closed on Sundays released the following statement to WSB-TV in Atlanta:

The mayor called about 10 p.m. and asked for assistance. We immediately mobilized staff and team members who live and work near the airport, and they are making sandwiches and delivering them to the EOC (emergency operations center).  City and airport officials there are distributing sandwiches to passengers who are stranded due to the power outage.  It has been a very difficult day for thousands of travelers, and while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need.  We do not make a profit, but do what we can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship.

Chick-Fil-A said in a statement that it did not profit off of the meals and "(did what it) can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship."

According to a report from WSB-TV, stranded travelers at the Georgia International Convention Center also received meals.