200,000 chicken nuggets given to Salvation Army after truck crash

All was not lost when 1 million chicken nuggets spilled across an Australian freeway.

The accident on April 6, in which the truck transporting the McDonald's snacks collided with a parked car on Hume Freeway between Melbourne and Sydney, caused heartbreak for poultry fans around the world.

The chicken treats were all thought to be lost to the world, but the story has a happy ending.

While most of the nuggets had to be discarded, approximately 200,000 were saved in the name of a good cause - the Salvation Army.

After being inspected, the nuggets were put into cold storage before being served to those in need at a meal centre run by the charity.

"It's amazing to see the impact of something as simple as chicken nuggets can have on people," says Salvation Army Major Brendan Nottle.

"It's just been sensational."

The 200,000 rescued nuggets should last the meal centre several weeks, he says.