(OKLAHOMA CITY) – March 29, 2019 - In less than two years, more than 112,000 pounds of food has been donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to fight hunger through the Starbucks FoodShare Program.
The program allows the Regional Food Bank to reclaim breakfast sandwiches, paninis, Bistro Boxes and salads through a partnership between Starbucks and Feeding America. Starbucks baristas at 33 locations in central and western Oklahoma pack up unsold ready-to-eat food for donation. The Regional Food Bank then picks up the food and distributes it to their community-based partner agencies.
"To date, Starbucks and their employees have helped to provide 93,783 meals to Oklahomans through the FoodShare Program," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. "We are very grateful to Starbucks dedication to such an innovative program that helps provide delicious food to our neighbors while eliminating food waste."
In July 2017, the Regional Food Bank joined the Starbucks FoodShare Program. In 2019 alone, the 33 Starbucks locations in the Regional Food Bank service area have donated more than 14,500 pounds of food.
Employees at Starbucks locations are also encouraged to volunteer at their local food banks through the FoodShare Program. Recently, Starbucks employees volunteered their time to pack 2,340 pounds of food at the Regional Food Bank. Learn more about the FoodShare Program by visiting starbucks.com/foodshare.
Oklahoma is the sixth hungriest state in the nation. Last year, the Regional Food Bank distributed more than 50 million pounds to community-based partner agencies in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma. Join the fight against hunger at rfbo.org/donate or call 405-600-3136.