(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Sept. 26, 2017 – Starbucks is leading a national effort to provide nourishing, ready-to-eat meals to people 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 of Oklahoma, Starbucks has set a goal to rescue 100 percent of unsold food each night from its more than 8,000 U.S. company-operated stores.
“We are so very grateful to Starbucks for inviting us be a part of this innovative program,” 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 struggle with hunger. The FoodShare program is providing wholesome food and hope to Oklahomans we serve.”
Through the FoodShare program, unsold food from 30 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 21 Oklahoma City metro area stores, including Midwest City, Moore and Yukon, as well as stores in the following cities in Oklahoma: Ardmore, Enid, Lawton, Norman, Shawnee and Stillwater.
Statewide, nearly 13,000 pounds of food have been donated in Oklahoma, which equates to more than 10,700 meals for children, families and seniors facing hunger.
“Another great example where our partners have shown leadership courage and challenged the status quo,” said Tracy Toomer, regional director of operations for Starbucks Coffee Company. “This program was in response to a call to action from Starbucks partners, your neighborhood baristas. It’s exciting to be a part of this ground-breaking partnership and to work with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma team. Together, we will provide meals for people who are food insecure and increase awareness of the hunger issue in Oklahoma.”
As part of the FoodShare launch, on Sept. 26, 49 Starbucks partners volunteered their time at the Regional Food Bank and packed 5,866 meals for the Food for Kids program.
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 solve 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.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 653 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.
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