The United States has enough food to provide for every man, woman and child. Yet according to ReFED, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing food waste, 72 billion pounds of safe, edible food goes to waste each year. At the same time, many people in America are one crisis away from food insecurity, and some—including children and seniors—may be at greater risk of hunger than others. U.S. hunger statistics are sobering: 1 in 8 people across the nation struggle with hunger.
Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, is partnering with c-stores to help solve these issues. Its network of 200 food banks and more than 60,000 pantries and meal programs serves virtually every community in the nation. The network offers food assistance to more than 5 million people each week, providing more than 4.3 billion meals annually.
Feeding America’s supply chain division works with donors that offer prepared foods, engaging with c-stores to safely rescue food for America’s hungry in the communities they serve. In 2018, Cumberland Farms, Jacksons, Kum & Go, Loaf N Jug, Quick Trip, Royal Farms and Sheetz contributed to a total of 75 million pounds of safe, wholesome food donations for the Emerging Retail channel.
Food pick-ups are agency-empowered, which means local pantries and shelters are identified by the food bank and pick up the donations as determined by partnership guidelines and individual store donation levels. Typically, 50 to 100 pounds of food per store is rescued weekly. Feeding America first launched pilots at convenience stores and now is poised to grow c-store food rescue considerably, with a keen eye on food safety. The goal is to help orchestrate more than 150 million pounds of c-store donations annually, by 2025.
If your company would like to learn more about donating prepared food or product to Feeding America, it is best to connect with Feeding America who can make a connection with a local food bank. Contact Tony Pupillo, Director of Emerging Retail at Feeding America at firstname.lastname@example.org.