Started in 1946 with a simple idea of making chicken sandwiches, Chick-fil-A has grown into one of the largest, privately owned restaurant chains in the United States. It has expertise in preparing chicken recipes and uses peanut oil in its cooking processes. The chain s restaurants serve chicken wraps, sandwiches, burritos and nuggets, as well as a variety of salads, hand-spun milkshakes and waffle fries. Recognized as the pioneer in quick-service mall food, Chick-fil-A operates more than 1,400 restaurants in over 35 U.S. states. With annual sales of nearly $2 billion, the chain employs approximately 50,000 associates. Chick-fil-A participates in various community-based projects, such as health awareness and scholarship programs. Its Kid's Meal program is designed to help parents with physical and character development of their children. Additionally, the chain s restaurants conduct the Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship Program, which focuses on creating higher education opportunities for employees.