McAlister’s Deli


$100,000—$499,000 Donated Annually
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Founded in 1989, McAlister’s Deli® is a casual restaurant chain known for its genuine hospitality, sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea™. In addition to dine-in and take-out service, McAlister’s also offers catering with a selection of sandwich trays, box lunches, desserts, a hot spud bar and more. With numerous industry accolades, the McAlister’s brand has more than 400 restaurants in 28 states. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit, and find McAlister’s on social media at

Since 2016, McAlister’s Deli and McAlister’s Deli Franchise groups, have raised over $160,000 with their Cookies for a Cause Campaign! The campaign runs for an entire month and a limited edition blue sprinkle sugar cookie is available for purchase to support Autism Speaks. 50 cents of each cookie sold is donated Autism Speaks.

April 2018, the largest McAlister’s Deli franchisee, The Saxon Group, will be running the Cookies for a Cause Campaign in all of their locations. Beginning November 15th though December 25th, the Cookies for a Cause Campaign will run in the McAlister’s Deli Corporate Stores and select participating franchisee locations.

The Saxton Group is a Dallas based multi-unit restaurant franchisee with a 35-year history of exclusively franchising restaurant leading brands. The company is the largest McAlister’s Deli franchisee in the country and is a Restaurant Franchise Monitor Top 100 Franchisee. The Saxton Group is family owned and operated with rich history of multi-unit development. Initially a small operation with a single restaurant, the group has evolved into industry veterans and leaders with over 70 locations in six states. They take pride in operating the McAlister’s Deli brand at the very highest level and forming deep relationships within the communities where their restaurants are located. For more information, please visit

Total Contributions to Autism Speaks: $179,750
Partner Since: 2016
2018 Campaign: Cookies for a Cause
Campaign Duration: April 2018 – The Saxton Group Locations; November 15 – December 25, 2018- McAlister’s Deli Corporate Locations

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