Starbucks Canada expands FoodShare food rescue program
Starbucks Canada will further expand Starbucks FoodShare food rescue program nationally in partnership with Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization. The company has also reinforced its commitment to rescue 100 per cent of food available for donation to provide people in need with ready-to-eat meals, while helping to eliminate food waste from Starbucks stores.
Food insecurity has risen sharply with the pandemic in Canada, growing by nearly 39% in the first few months of the crisis, resulting in 1 in 7 Canadians struggling to feed themselves and their families.*
Beginning next month, Starbucks will expand FoodShare with Second Harvest to all Ontario Starbucks stores, followed by additional market launches in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Yukon and Atlantic Canada. The company expects the expansion to be complete by the end of August.
In addition to expanding its FoodShare program, Starbucks Canada is highlighting its NEW planet positive offerings— including Starbucks Earth Day merchandise and coffee and a Starbucks Earth Month Game which includes a Starbucks donation to World Wildlife Fund Canada. More details about Starbucks Earth Month offerings can be found at the Starbucks Newsroom (live at 9 a.m. EST).
For more information about the national expansion of Starbucks FoodShare food rescue program, quotes from Luisa Girotto, Vice President of Public Affairs and Social Impact, and further testimonials from the non-profit organizations Starbucks has helped, visit Starbucks Newsroom. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Starbucks FoodShare Impact to Date
• In 2019, Starbucks announced Foodshare in 250 stores in the Greater Toronto Area.
• Since Starbucks FoodShare first launched in Ontario, the company has made over 20,000 donations, providing 382,986 meals to their local communities. Thousands of Canadian Starbucks partners (employees) have helped by donating food as part of their store closing routine.
• While COVID-19 challenges put a pause on the expansion plans last year, Starbucks Canada and The Starbucks Foundation donated over $1 million of food and cash in 2020 to food banks, including Second Harvest and Food Banks Canada, and remains steadfast on helping to combat hunger and minimize its contribution to the wide-scale problem of food waste.
• Thousands of Canadian Starbucks partners (employees) have helped by donating food as part of their store closing routine.
The BIG Picture: Starbucks Sustainability Commitment in Action
• In 2020, Starbucks committed to a resource-positive future, formalizing its sustainability commitment to cut its carbon, water, and waste footprints by half by 2030, aspiring to give more than it takes from the planet.
• Starbucks FoodShare progresses these goals in Canada by limiting avoidable food waste and divert food surplus from landfill.
• To date, the program has prevented the release of more than 314,000 kg of greenhouse gases and will continue to be just one of the ways Starbucks is partnering with others to take care of the planet we share.