LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- Starbucks is announcing a new program called FoodShare, which works to donate food to local charities.
This will be accomplished through a pre-existing partnership with the Food Donation Center and a new partnership with Feeding America to provide ready-to-eat meals from 7,600 of its stores across the nation.
The goal is to provide 5 million meals in the first year of the program. However, the long term goal of FoodShare is to be donating 100 percent of it’s available food by 2021.
Starbucks estimates that this could total almost 50 million meals by 2021.
This program was thought up by Starbucks employees, such as Teva Sakima, who grew up in a household which had trouble putting food on the table. “Nobody should go to bed hungry. It’s not okay,” Sakima said.
Another inspiration for this program came from their partners, said John Kelly, Senior Vice President of Starbucks Global Responsibility, Community and Public Policy. “Like many of our social impact initiatives, the innovation and inspiration comes from our partners who are volunteering in and contributing to their communities.”
There is a need for this in America. According to Feeding America, 15 million children and 48 million adults live in families that don’t know where there next meal is coming from.
Feeding America also says that 20 percent of homes in America experienced a state where they were “food insecure” or had “very lower food security” in 2014.
Even though restaurants and cafes are in a unique position to give to food banks, that doesn’t mean everybody else can’t help
Besides food drives or volunteering, donating money can also help. According to Feeding America, $1 can give 8 meals to a hungry family.