Starbucks will start donating 100% of its unused food to those in need

If you’ve ever wondered where all those Starbucks bagels and bistro boxes go after closing time, here’s an answer you can get behind.

Starbucks has pledged to donate 100% of its leftover food through a new program called FoodShare, the company announced in a release on Tuesday. Starbucks created the initiative in partnership with nonprofit organization Feeding America and food collection group Food Donation Connection, and it will allow the company to donate perishable, ready-to-eat meals from its 7,600 stores to food banks nationwide.

According to Feeding America, more than 48 million Americans live in food-insecure households, where access to food isn’t always stable. More than 15% of households nationwide are considered food insecure — an issue Feeding America says impacts every county in the U.S.

But food scarcity for low-income families isn’t the only food-related issue within the U.S. Waste also plays a role in the nation’s food problem. An estimated 70 billion pounds of food waste is produced across the U.S. each year, according to Feeding America.

“A family [can] enjoy a protein plate that they would not have otherwise been able to afford at Starbucks.”

Through its new program, Starbucks hopes to help ease the burden of food scarcity on families while also eliminating the company’s direct contribution to food waste statistics. 

Here’s how it will work: Food Donation Connection and Feeding America will pick up food each day from Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. via refrigerated vans. That perishable food, previously considered risky to donate due to its refrigeration needs, will then reach food banks and rescue agencies like those in the Feeding America network. The process, from food leaving the store to it reaching those who need it most, takes 24 hours or less.

“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,” Starbucks store manager Kienan McFadden said in the release. “Rescuing food … from being thrown away will change lives.”


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    • Yes… Everything in there has been GMO’ed The milk they use is number 2 ordered from the GMO milk company’s Number 1 is the Schools lunch programs.. Most do not know this..

    • Which part of the UK.. In Germany they will not let this stuff in.. Even McDonalds has to be Non-GMO .. We were there for 3 years and was told not to eat on the economy.. Well we did and found out why they said not too.. They have to have labels that give warnings.. of what is in it and how it will effect you.. and the food tasted much better than the US … When we came back to the US .. I was spitting out food left and right.. So i started research about food.. and Down the Rabbit’s Hole i went..

    • Wales UK but UK is standard. GMO isn’t that welcome in Europe as a whole. Yes, chocolate in the US only has to have a small amount of cocoa to be classes as chocolate.Mostly cheap fillers and sugar, hence why many brits would rather buy Cadburys chocolate. Sadly, they were bought out and made a huge mistake of selling the right to sell under that name in the US.

    • a small move. but yes your right there are quite a few, Google, eBay, Vodafone, tate and lyle, it’s a long list. If these companies were boycotted and people put their money where their mouth is the billions in taxes would help far more than a 3 day old sandwich.

    • Pretty sure Facebook is relenting on their TAX reduced status in Ireland. Not the only ones. Apple has billions squirreled away there. They make billions off their users (FB) and cheap labour (Apple) and then they hoard the cash. Pretty disgusting really. They win big they should pay big.

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