Beginning September 1, the first day of Hunger Action Month, local nonprofit organization Waste Not will partner with Starbucks stores throughout the region to launch Starbucks FoodShare program, which captures fresh, unsold foods – Bistro Boxes, breakfast sandwiches, paninis, salads, yogurts and high-quality baked goods — and distributes them to people in need throughout the Phoenix metro area. By the end of the month, 213 Starbucks locations will be participating and an estimated 500,000 pounds of fresh food, the equivalent of more than 400,000 nourishing, ready-to-eat meals, will be saved annually that would otherwise go to landfills.
The primary recipient of the food donations will be St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), which serves people in need and the homeless, including the 250 people per day coming to the Phoenix Convention Center for heat relief. Waste Not will work with its other 60 nonprofit partners to redistribute any foods that exceed St. Vincent de Paul’s needs. “It’s been a season of increased need with thousands of individuals and families relying on us for daily sustenance and nutritious meals,” said Danielle McMahon, SVdP’s director of food operations.
Starbucks nationwide FoodShare program, in partnership with Feeding America®, is part of the company’s commitment to alleviate hunger in communities by safely donating fresh surplus food from Starbucks stores. FoodShare donations will be picked up in refrigerated vehicles from Starbucks stores seven days a week year-round. The company has donated 27 million meals since the start of its FoodShare program in 2016.
Waste Not collects an average of 8,000 to 10,000 pounds of perishable foods daily from grocers and foodservice operators and delivers it the same day to more than 60 diverse agencies that help families and individuals in need.
“Last year, Waste Not joined with Feeding America member United Food Bank, which gave us access to participate in this Starbucks program,” noted Kate Thoene, Waste Not executive director. “We are excited about the impact this will have on hunger in our community. This is one of the largest partnerships in our 32-year history.”
Hunger Action Month takes place each September. It is a time when people all over America join with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks and food rescue organizations like Waste Not to fight hunger by spreading the word about hunger in local communities, volunteering, advocating, donating and helping raise awareness about hunger.
Donate to Waste Not at www.WasteNotaz.org.
About Waste Not
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at https://stories.starbucks.com/.
For more information about FoodShare visit https://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/community/foodshare