SALT LAKE CITY—In alignment with Feeding America’s “Hunger Action Month” this month, Maverik — Adventure’s First Stop announced its is expanding its pilot food waste program. Launched April 2021, the program now donates surplus food from 87 stores, supporting communities in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, through distribution to five network member food banks.
The success of the pilot program drove Maverik’s decision to continually expand across its operating footprint. To date, Maverik has donated 276,878 pounds of surplus food, helping provide access to an additional 230,732 meals. According to the company, this donation versus dumping product into a landfill equals the removal of the CO2 from 79 passenger vehicles for one year.
Food donations are currently going to:
- United Food Bank (Arizona)
- Care and Share Food Bank (Colorado)
- Food Bank of the Rockies (Colorado and Wyoming)
- Three Square Food Bank (Nevada)
- Utah Food Bank (Utah)
“Record-high food prices, continued supply chain challenges, the pandemic and sustainability concerns are putting the importance of food waste management into clear focus,” said Chuck Maggelet, president and chief adventure guide of Maverik. “We’re proud to help Feeding America rescue food to benefit people, the environment, and the economy,” he said.
“Maximizing food sourcing is a key priority for Feeding America,” said Diane Letson, vice president of food industry partnerships at Feeding America. “Last year, for the first time, we secured more than 2 billion pounds of food through retail donations, and we’re grateful for partners like Maverik that make donations at the store-level possible.”
Working in partnership with Feeding America, Maverik will identify additional stores to expand its food waste program to more states in support of member food banks serving communities in the 12 states where Maverik operates.
Feeding America’s “Hunger Action Month,” aims to drive awareness and inspire action to help end hunger in America.
Maverik is focused on improving the quality of life for its local communities. In 2021, Maverik donated $2.3 million to more than 18 charities and community causes across its local markets. Of this, the company contributed over $580,000 to help neighbors in need through a series of donations to Feeding America. Maverik and its guests helped Feeding America enable over 5 million meals to support neighbors facing hunger.