Most people go to Starbucks to get a cup of coffee -- or at least a drink with a coffee-like name. But if you're there often enough, you'll be tempted to buy the simple sandwiches, cake pops, and other pastries for sale -- but where does all that stuff go if it doesn't sell? Well, now, to a great place: to people in need.
Building on an existing collaboration with Food Donation Connection and establishing a new partnership with Feeding America, Starbucks plans to provide almost 5 million meals to individuals in need this year by simply giving away all its unsold food. Though the concept may seem like a no-brainer, US food safety policies require baristas to throw away all refrigerated items past their expiration date, even if they're still totally safe to eat.
But through research and quality-assurance testing, Starbucks figured out a safe and legal way to get over these hurdles, and the FoodShare program comprising 7,600 US-based stores was born. Starbucks has been donating its pastries since 2010, but the new program expands on the goodwill to include everything.