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.
"Our hope is by taking this first step, other companies will see the possibility for their participation and together we will make great strides in combating hunger," Group president of US stores Cliff Burrows said in the statement.
As Marie Antoinette definitely did not say once, "Let them eat cake pops." But now, Starbucks is letting people do that. And those leftover ham & swiss panini, too.