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McAlister’s Deli is partnering with Autism Speaks

July 26, 2016

McAlister's Deli®, a leading fast casual chain, is excited to announce its national partnership with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Throughout August, McAlister’s will turn its fan-favorite famous sugar cookies blue, the organization’s signature color, and $0.75 from each cookie sold will support Autism Speaks’ mission: funding scientific research, increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorder, and advocating for the needs of people with autism and their families. In addition, funds from this campaign will go back into the community, in the form of local grants awarded by Autism Speaks.

“With an estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. diagnosed with autism every year, it was extremely important to McAlister’s that we do something to help the families and communities impacted by the disorder,” said Rick Altizer, President, McAlister’s Deli. “We pride ourselves on treating each and every guest that walks through our doors with genuine hospitality, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Autism Speaks shares this goal of inclusion, and we are honored to be working with them throughout August.”

In addition to monetary donations, McAlister’s has developed a series of awareness activities for the whole family to enjoy both in and outside of the restaurant, including a blue sugar cookie recipe, puzzle piece coloring sheets and an educational foldable activity. Crafts are available for download at: and guests are invited to share their masterpieces by using #McAlistersForACause. 

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