The company is launching Starbucks® FoodShare in Canada – a global food donation program to provide ready-to-eat, nourishing meals to those in need.
Starbucks Canada has announced the launch of Starbucks FoodShare, a national effort to provide nourishing, ready-to-eat meals to people in need. The company is making a commitment to rescue 100 per cent of food available for donation from its more than 1,100 company-owned stores. Building on a successful pilot with Second Harvest, the largest food rescue organization in Canada, the program will launch in Ontario starting with more than 250 stores in the GTA by February 22. Starbucks is actively working to expand the program to even more cities and provinces, with a goal to have a national solution in place by 2021.
“Wasted food is a wide-scale problem for everyone in the food business, while more than four million Canadians are impacted by hunger,” says Luisa Girotto, vice president, Public Affairs, Starbucks Canada. “This is unacceptable, and we will help solve this now that we have a way to safely donate chilled, perishable food, while preserving its quality.”
A Focus On Food Recovery
In Canada, the company has always donated unsold pastries and baked goods but wanted to do more. Starbucks invested in research and quality assurance testing to develop a sector-leading program to safely donate chilled and perishable food to those in need. Now, nourishing items like breakfast sandwiches, paninis, protein boxes, salads, yogurt, milk and dairy alternatives like soy and coconut, can be safely donated and enjoyed by those in need.
Starbucks FoodShare has identified guidelines and developed training on maintaining the temperature, texture and flavour of this food, so that when it reaches a person in need, they can safely enjoy it. In turn, Second Harvest will work with local community groups across the province who will collect the food to ensure these food safety standards are met.
A Positive Impact On The Environment
In addition to combatting hunger, the Starbucks FoodShare program will divert food surplus from landfills, helping to minimize the company’s environmental footprint. The amount of food wasted each year is particularly staggering. In Canada, it is estimated that nearly 60 per cent of all food produced is lost and wasted annually, according to a recent study titled The Avoidable Crisis Of Food Waste. To limit the effects of climate change, the United Nations has set a target of halving food loss and waste by 2030.
The movement to donate unsold food has been gaining momentum globally, with consumers showing increased concern for the greater issue of waste. Starbucks recognizes the work ahead and plans to build on its long history of sustainability by: