Since July 2017, Starbucks has partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide nourishing, ready-to-eat meals to Oklahomans in need of food assistance. Through an innovative, strategic partnership with Feeding America and its nationwide network of 200 food banks, including the Regional Food Bank, Starbucks has donated enough to provide nearly 55,000 meals to residents with inconsistent access to healthy food. Nationwide, Starbucks set a goal to rescue 100 percent of unsold food each night from its more than 8,000 U.S. company-operated stores.
“Thanks to Starbucks, we are fighting food waste with food rescue,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Each year, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food go to waste in this country while there are 41 million Americans, including one in six Oklahomans who have inconsistent access to healthy food. The FoodShare program is providing nutritious food to Oklahomans who need it the most.”
Through the FoodShare program, unsold food from 32 Oklahoma Starbucks stores are donated to the Regional Food Bank. Food donations include: breakfast sandwiches, Paninis, Bistro Boxes and salads. This program is operational in Oklahoma City metro-area stores, including Midwest City and Mustang, as well as stores in the following cities in Oklahoma: Ardmore, Enid, Lawton, Norman, Shawnee and Stillwater. In Shawnee, 2,295 pounds of food have been donated to the Regional Food Bank’s community-based partner agency Project Safe, Inc.
The FoodShare partnership is helping Oklahomans like Kevin and Rose, who were living out of their car for three years when Kevin was diagnosed with cancer. They turned to the OKC Day Shelter, a community-based partner agency of the Regional Food Bank, for assistance with food and housing.
“Without the basic necessity of food and nutrition that Kevin and Rose were able to access at the Day Shelter, their journey towards housing and a better quality of life would not have been remotely possible,” said Tom Knudsen , OKC Day Shelter director. “We are incredibly grateful for our FoodShare partnership with Starbucks and the Regional Food Bank. We are proud of this fruitful partnership in caring for the marginalized and underserved of Oklahoma City.”
FoodShare is a groundbreaking partnership between Starbucks and Feeding America that will help the Feeding America network gain access to the wholesome, unsold food that would otherwise go to landfills.
Together, we can end hunger in Oklahoma. For more information about FoodShare, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit regionalfoodbank.org/donate or call 405-972-1111.