DOVER, DE (WCMH) — Starbucks announced a new program to donate ready-to-eat meals to foodbanks from its stores across the United States using 100 percent of its unused food.
According to Starbucks, FoodShare is a program that will provide almost 5 million meals to families and individuals over the next year, who are in need of nourishing food.
Starbucks intends to increase the program over the next five years and eventually rescue 100 percent of its food available for donation. The company hopes to provide almost 50 million meals by 2021.
“Like many of our social impact initiatives, the innovation and inspiration comes from our partners who are volunteering in and contributing to their communities,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, Starbucks Global Responsibility, Community and Public Policy. “They saw the need for us to do more, and find a way to use our scale to bring more nourishing and ready-to-eat meals to those in need.”
FoodShare will take place across the 7,600 Starbucks-operated stores in the US.
“This food is going to make a difference, whether it’s a child not going hungry for the night or a family that’s able to enjoy a protein plate that they would not have otherwise been able to afford at Starbucks,” said Kienan McFadden, a Starbucks store manager. “Rescuing food in this way from being thrown away will change lives. It makes me proud to know partners are the heroes in this.”
Starbucks has teamed with Feeding America to help distribute the unsold food.
“The challenge was finding a way to preserve the food’s quality during delivery. We focused on maintaining the temperature, texture and flavor of the surplus food, so when it reached a person in need, they could safely enjoy it,” said Jane Maly, brand manager, Starbucks Food team.