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March 24, 2016

Starbucks Says It Will Give All Unsold Food to Charity

Joining a growing movement to minimize food waste, Starbucks has pledged to donate all unsold food from its U.S. locations to anti-hunger charities, reports The Christian Science Monitor. The firm expects the program, FoodShare, to provide 5 million meals to the needy by the end of its first year.

Starbucks will team with charity networks Food Donation Connection and Feeding America to arrange for unsold items to be picked up from its more than 7,000 U.S. stores and delivered to local food banks. Several other restaurant chains have pledged to donate at least some of their excess food. France adopted legislation last month requiring grocery stores to give surpluses to charity, and the Rockefeller Foundation unveiled a $130 million program in January to reduce food waste worldwide.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on the growing popularity of food- and nutrition-related philanthropy.