Starbucks has had a rough week, following a lawsuit by two California residents who claim the chain underfills lattes by about 25%. But as we all know far too well, you can’t stay mad at Starbucks for long. Today they announced plans to donate 100% of their leftover food to those in need, through a partnership with various nonprofit organizations.
Feeding America, one of the charities involved, says that more than 48 million Americans live in food-insecure homes. That’s 1 in 7 people, and at the same time, we throw out about 70 billion pounds of edible food every single year.
Food Donation Connection, another charity involved, will visit every Starbucks location in the U.S. once a day with refrigerated vans. Perishable food will then make it to families who need it within 24 hours.
“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 a press release. “Rescuing food… from being thrown away will change lives.”
Stores have already been donating pastries to food banks since 2010, but now Starbucks is aiming to donate 100% of all unsold food. In the first year, Starbucks projects its FoodShare program will be able to provide an estimated 5 million meals.
“[We] are rescuing food, feeding people in need and bringing awareness to a critical issue facing our communities,” Ross Fraser, director of media relations for Feeding America, told Mashable. “We hope to inspire others that don’t currently donate unsold food to find a way. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of something bigger.”
Similar programs have been met with much success in France, where it is illegal for grocery stores to throw away or destroy unsold edible food.
We forgive you for allegedly screwing us on our lattes, Starbucks.