Krystal Foundation announces grant recipients and opens new grant window
K-12 funding program awards over $53,000 to 24 schools across Southeast

ATLANTA — October 30, 2018 — The Krystal Foundation has selected 24 schools to receive $53,571 in enrichment funding. These schools were chosen from 104 applications received during the Foundation’s first grant window for the 2018-2019 academic year.

“This is absolutely the most gratifying part of my job,” said Paul Macaluso, The Krystal Foundation president and Krystal’s president and CEO. “As an organization, Krystal is embedded in the communities we serve. We want to make a positive impact that improves the quality of life for future generations. The Foundation is Krystal’s legacy.”

Grant award winners include Compton Elementary School in Atlanta, where teachers plan to buy a Captain Planet Cooking Station to integrate math, science and social studies into hands-on cooking adventures in the classroom. Students at Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee hope to participate in a local student-built electric car competition, while Communities in Schools (CIS) of Jacksonville, Florida will use its grant to support the FIRST LEGO League Program which targets at-risk disadvantaged children in afterschool programs designed to apply STEM concepts to problem solving.

The Krystal Foundation supports enrichment programs in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) as well as music, sports and culinary arts. Sponsored by The Krystal Company, the Foundation has allocated over $131,000 in grants to 61 schools across Krystal’s 11-state footprint since its inception in 2016.

The next grant window opens November 1 and extends to December 31, 2018, with award recipients to be announced in 2019. Teachers, principals, school faculty, PTO/PTA groups and other K-12 school-affiliated organizations are all eligible to apply. Those wishing to apply for a grant may do so by visiting

About The Krystal Company

Founded in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1932, The Krystal Company is the original quick-service restaurant chain in the South. Its hamburgers are still served fresh and hot off the grill on the iconic square bun at over 350 restaurants in 11 states. Krystal’s Atlanta-based Restaurant Support Center serves a team of 6,000 employees. For more information, visit

About The Krystal Foundation

Founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 2016, The Krystal Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to strengthen, enhance and enrich Krystal’s neighborhood schools and families. The Foundation provides need-based grants to communities in its 11 states, which have extracurricular program elimination or cutback. The Foundation will support programs that are focused in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics), culinary arts, music and sports. For more information, visit

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