Starbucks rolls out Starbucks® FoodShare program

Starbucks rolls out Starbucks® FoodShare program

 

Seattle, 2016-Aug-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is rolling out Starbucks® FoodShare, a program to donate ready-to-eat meals to food banks from its U.S. company-operated stores, two years ahead of schedule.

When announcing the program in March, the company planned to complete the rollout of the program across its 7,600 company-operated stores by 2021. Now the company is accelerating the program to reach all participating U.S stores in three years instead of five.

“The response to Starbucks FoodShare has been so positive that we have determined we need to move even faster to serve more communities in need. Our store partners are telling us the need is urgent and we can do more,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, Starbucks Global Responsibility, Community and Public Policy. “With Feeding America’s strategic partnership, we’re excited to announce that we are going to now try to achieve a national rollout two years faster than originally planned.”

In just its first few months, Starbucks FoodShare has already contributed more than 300,000 nourishing meals to people in need. In the Midwest, Southern California and Arizona, refrigerated food has been added to an existing pickup from the Food Donation Connection several times a week. In San Diego, Starbucks and Feeding America launched a pilot project to route a designated refrigerated truck to Starbucks stores daily to pick up any unsold food to deliver to agencies a few hours later. More than 2,400 U.S. Starbucks partners (employees) have helped by donating food every night as part of their store closing routine.

“Partners take great pride in being the catalyst for this program, they knew food that couldn’t be sold in our stores the next day, yet was still safe to consume, could serve a higher purpose. They are reminded of their impact every time they work a closing shift and put salads and sandwiches in the refrigerator instead of the trash for people who are hungry,” said Alyssa Edelen, Starbucks district manager in San Diego.

In partnership with Feeding America and Food Donation Connection, Starbucks intends to scale this program over the next three years and rescue 100 percent of its food available for donation from participating company-operated U.S. stores. In the first year alone, Starbucks FoodShare will be able to provide nearly 5 million meals to individuals and families in need of nourishing food. In partnership with Feeding America, Starbucks is set to on board more than 1,800 Starbucks stores sending meals to nine food banks over the next 12 months.

Hunger exists in every county in the U.S., affecting 48 million Americans including 15 million children according to Feeding America.

On September 8, Hunger Action Day, Starbucks will host members of congress in the Capitol Hill Starbucks location who will participate in the FoodShare process and learn more about the program’s origin with Starbucks baristas. A panel discussion with Feeding America, Capital Area Food Bank and Starbucks leaders will follow, to discuss the critical role that food rescue plays in hunger relief.

Just days before Hunger Action Month launches, Starbucks partners in San Diego are gearing up to celebrate the successful rollout of the San Diego market FoodShare program with a fitting team activity – they are gathering to volunteer at a local Feeding America Food Bank.

Media contact:

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Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Wegmans Food Markets to deliver 15,877 pounds of nonperishable food to the Capital Area Food Bank

LORTON, VA, 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets will deliver a truckload of 15,877 pounds of nonperishable food to the Capital Area Food Bank, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, on Thursday, May 28 at 12 PM. The delivery will take place at the CAFB’s Northern Virginia location (6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton, VA 22079) and is the first donation from Wegmans’ new Alexandria store, which opens June 14. The truck will carry 20 pallets of canned soups, vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal and juice – all of which will help feed thousands of residents struggling to get enough food to eat.

“We are so excited to welcome Wegmans to our community. Each year we’re already sending over 6 million pounds of food into Northern Virginia. Partnering with Wegmans means that we can get more wholesome food to this area. We’re proud to work with such a strong community-minded company,” said Cecelia Vergaretti, Capital Area Food Bank’s Northern Virginia Director.

Wegmans Alexandria Store Manager Mike Dempsey and a team of employees will be on site to help unload the tractor trailer, sort the food and stock the shelves at the food bank’s Lorton, VA distribution center.

“We know that food banks build healthier communities and it’s a privilege to be able to deliver this food that will serve the needs of our new neighbors in Alexandria,” said Dempsey. “One of our values is to make a difference in every community we serve, and this partnership is one way we’re putting that value into action.”

Helping feed the hungry is a community giving priority for the Rochester, New York based supermarket chain.  Last year, Wegmans donated approximately 15 million pounds of food to area food banks in all of its market areas.

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About the Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Washington metro area serving over 530,000 people through direct food distribution programs and a network of 500 partner agencies. Last year, the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 42 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 35 million meals – one-third of which was fresh fruits and vegetables. The CAFB’s Lorton location last year distributed over 6 million pounds food – the equivalent of 5 million meals – of which 2 million pounds was fresh fruits and vegetables. To learn more, visit: www.capitalareafoodbank.org, or find the Capital Area Food Bank on Facebook at facebook.com/ CapitalAreaFoodBank, and Twitter at @foodbankmetrodc.

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information:
Shamia Holloway, Capital Area Food Bank communications manager, 202-644-9830
Jo Natale, Wegmans vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627