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Starbucks will now be donating unsold bistro food to the one in seven Americans who go hungry every night

Starbucks will be tacking on this program to its collection of hunger-fighting initiatives.

Starbucks has announced plans to increase its philanthropic efforts, donating any unsold bistro paninis, pastries, and bistro boxes to local pantries for those in need.

According to the latest statistics from Feeding America, one in seven Americans goes hungry every day, or 46.7 million people, including 15.5 million children.

By this time next year, 7,600 Starbucks stores will be participating in the anti-hunger initiative known as FoodShare, which will both combat poverty and reduce food waste. The ready-to-eat meals will be distributed with the help of Feeding America, one of the largest hunger non-profits in the nation.

“Like many of our social impact initiatives, the innovation and inspiration comes from our partners who are volunteering in and contributing to their communities,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, Starbucks global responsibility, community and public policy. “They saw the need for us to do more, and find a way to use our scale to bring more nourishing and ready-to eat meals to those in need.”

Starbucks anticipates that it will be able to donate five million meals in the first year of FoodShare’s operation in 2017, and that number will grow to 50 million meals by 2021.


10 Chain Restaurants That Are Working To Combat Food Waste

Did you know Starbucks plans to donate 50 million meals by 2020?

In the wake of all the plastic straw bans, it's important to look to organizations who've been helping the world in other major ways. A bunch of your favorite restaurants (Pizza Hut, Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, to name just a few) work behind the scenes with Food Donation Connection to ensure they are safely and properly donating food that&rsquos never been served. In some cases, your faves are also donating everything from artwork and serveware to old kitchen appliances and uniforms. Here&rsquos who&rsquos doing it right.

The chain, which is owned by Darden restaurants, has donated more than 38 million pounds of food since starting the Olive Garden Harvest Program back in 2003. All existing outposts participate in this donation process.

Program Development Director of Food Donation Connection Jim Larson points to Darden restaurants as an outstanding example of a major organization doing food donation right: "Darden is not only good about a surplus of food, they&rsquove [also] donated things like flatware, or uniforms even, or artwork if they change out some of the art in the restaurant. They&rsquore always looking for something to do with any surplus rather than throw it away."

More than a year ago, Pizza Hut surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated through their Harvest Program with the Food Donation Connection. In fact, the chain was the first to come onboard with the FDC &mdash Larson confirms "it started out with just Pizza Hut in 1992."

The chain also became the barometer by which food donation was measured. Larson notes a pound of food typically equals a meal because "in early days, when we were looking at medium pizzas at Pizza Hut, they were 2 pounds and they fed two people, so we said &lsquothat&rsquos two meals,&rsquo so we&rsquove adopted that."

For years, Panera has held true to their Day-End Dough-Nation program, which allows them to (1) ensure what they're serving every day is fresh and (2) donate their unsold bread goods to local rescue missions and food pantries.

LongHorn, which is also owned by Darden Restaurants, donates food on a regular basis. They give proteins and veggies to local non-profits weekly through the Food Donation Connection.

In 2017, Starbucks had donated 1 million meals of unsold food through its FoodShare program. By 2020, the chain intends to donate at least 50 million. Per year.

Not only does Chipotle donate leftover food, but they've also been donating their kitchen equipment for years as they upgrade their older locations. That ensures there's less massive equipment sitting in landfills.

All of the restaurants' surplus food that's still consumable gets donated. That adds up to about 500,000 pounds of food per year.

Pret employees gather up all untouched salads and sandwiches at the end of each day to be donated to nearby shelters. Last year, that meant 800,000 meals donated.

KFC takes all chicken not sold within 60-90 minutes out of the kitchen and preps it for donation. They now reportedly boast a 1.7 percent food waste rate, down from 2.6 percent in previous years.

Another Darden chain, Capital Grilles prepare and then freeze leftover food so it can be distributed to nearby food banks. They've reportedly donated more than 66 million pounds of food since 2003.


10 Chain Restaurants That Are Working To Combat Food Waste

Did you know Starbucks plans to donate 50 million meals by 2020?

In the wake of all the plastic straw bans, it's important to look to organizations who've been helping the world in other major ways. A bunch of your favorite restaurants (Pizza Hut, Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, to name just a few) work behind the scenes with Food Donation Connection to ensure they are safely and properly donating food that&rsquos never been served. In some cases, your faves are also donating everything from artwork and serveware to old kitchen appliances and uniforms. Here&rsquos who&rsquos doing it right.

The chain, which is owned by Darden restaurants, has donated more than 38 million pounds of food since starting the Olive Garden Harvest Program back in 2003. All existing outposts participate in this donation process.

Program Development Director of Food Donation Connection Jim Larson points to Darden restaurants as an outstanding example of a major organization doing food donation right: "Darden is not only good about a surplus of food, they&rsquove [also] donated things like flatware, or uniforms even, or artwork if they change out some of the art in the restaurant. They&rsquore always looking for something to do with any surplus rather than throw it away."

More than a year ago, Pizza Hut surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated through their Harvest Program with the Food Donation Connection. In fact, the chain was the first to come onboard with the FDC &mdash Larson confirms "it started out with just Pizza Hut in 1992."

The chain also became the barometer by which food donation was measured. Larson notes a pound of food typically equals a meal because "in early days, when we were looking at medium pizzas at Pizza Hut, they were 2 pounds and they fed two people, so we said &lsquothat&rsquos two meals,&rsquo so we&rsquove adopted that."

For years, Panera has held true to their Day-End Dough-Nation program, which allows them to (1) ensure what they're serving every day is fresh and (2) donate their unsold bread goods to local rescue missions and food pantries.

LongHorn, which is also owned by Darden Restaurants, donates food on a regular basis. They give proteins and veggies to local non-profits weekly through the Food Donation Connection.

In 2017, Starbucks had donated 1 million meals of unsold food through its FoodShare program. By 2020, the chain intends to donate at least 50 million. Per year.

Not only does Chipotle donate leftover food, but they've also been donating their kitchen equipment for years as they upgrade their older locations. That ensures there's less massive equipment sitting in landfills.

All of the restaurants' surplus food that's still consumable gets donated. That adds up to about 500,000 pounds of food per year.

Pret employees gather up all untouched salads and sandwiches at the end of each day to be donated to nearby shelters. Last year, that meant 800,000 meals donated.

KFC takes all chicken not sold within 60-90 minutes out of the kitchen and preps it for donation. They now reportedly boast a 1.7 percent food waste rate, down from 2.6 percent in previous years.

Another Darden chain, Capital Grilles prepare and then freeze leftover food so it can be distributed to nearby food banks. They've reportedly donated more than 66 million pounds of food since 2003.


10 Chain Restaurants That Are Working To Combat Food Waste

Did you know Starbucks plans to donate 50 million meals by 2020?

In the wake of all the plastic straw bans, it's important to look to organizations who've been helping the world in other major ways. A bunch of your favorite restaurants (Pizza Hut, Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, to name just a few) work behind the scenes with Food Donation Connection to ensure they are safely and properly donating food that&rsquos never been served. In some cases, your faves are also donating everything from artwork and serveware to old kitchen appliances and uniforms. Here&rsquos who&rsquos doing it right.

The chain, which is owned by Darden restaurants, has donated more than 38 million pounds of food since starting the Olive Garden Harvest Program back in 2003. All existing outposts participate in this donation process.

Program Development Director of Food Donation Connection Jim Larson points to Darden restaurants as an outstanding example of a major organization doing food donation right: "Darden is not only good about a surplus of food, they&rsquove [also] donated things like flatware, or uniforms even, or artwork if they change out some of the art in the restaurant. They&rsquore always looking for something to do with any surplus rather than throw it away."

More than a year ago, Pizza Hut surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated through their Harvest Program with the Food Donation Connection. In fact, the chain was the first to come onboard with the FDC &mdash Larson confirms "it started out with just Pizza Hut in 1992."

The chain also became the barometer by which food donation was measured. Larson notes a pound of food typically equals a meal because "in early days, when we were looking at medium pizzas at Pizza Hut, they were 2 pounds and they fed two people, so we said &lsquothat&rsquos two meals,&rsquo so we&rsquove adopted that."

For years, Panera has held true to their Day-End Dough-Nation program, which allows them to (1) ensure what they're serving every day is fresh and (2) donate their unsold bread goods to local rescue missions and food pantries.

LongHorn, which is also owned by Darden Restaurants, donates food on a regular basis. They give proteins and veggies to local non-profits weekly through the Food Donation Connection.

In 2017, Starbucks had donated 1 million meals of unsold food through its FoodShare program. By 2020, the chain intends to donate at least 50 million. Per year.

Not only does Chipotle donate leftover food, but they've also been donating their kitchen equipment for years as they upgrade their older locations. That ensures there's less massive equipment sitting in landfills.

All of the restaurants' surplus food that's still consumable gets donated. That adds up to about 500,000 pounds of food per year.

Pret employees gather up all untouched salads and sandwiches at the end of each day to be donated to nearby shelters. Last year, that meant 800,000 meals donated.

KFC takes all chicken not sold within 60-90 minutes out of the kitchen and preps it for donation. They now reportedly boast a 1.7 percent food waste rate, down from 2.6 percent in previous years.

Another Darden chain, Capital Grilles prepare and then freeze leftover food so it can be distributed to nearby food banks. They've reportedly donated more than 66 million pounds of food since 2003.


10 Chain Restaurants That Are Working To Combat Food Waste

Did you know Starbucks plans to donate 50 million meals by 2020?

In the wake of all the plastic straw bans, it's important to look to organizations who've been helping the world in other major ways. A bunch of your favorite restaurants (Pizza Hut, Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, to name just a few) work behind the scenes with Food Donation Connection to ensure they are safely and properly donating food that&rsquos never been served. In some cases, your faves are also donating everything from artwork and serveware to old kitchen appliances and uniforms. Here&rsquos who&rsquos doing it right.

The chain, which is owned by Darden restaurants, has donated more than 38 million pounds of food since starting the Olive Garden Harvest Program back in 2003. All existing outposts participate in this donation process.

Program Development Director of Food Donation Connection Jim Larson points to Darden restaurants as an outstanding example of a major organization doing food donation right: "Darden is not only good about a surplus of food, they&rsquove [also] donated things like flatware, or uniforms even, or artwork if they change out some of the art in the restaurant. They&rsquore always looking for something to do with any surplus rather than throw it away."

More than a year ago, Pizza Hut surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated through their Harvest Program with the Food Donation Connection. In fact, the chain was the first to come onboard with the FDC &mdash Larson confirms "it started out with just Pizza Hut in 1992."

The chain also became the barometer by which food donation was measured. Larson notes a pound of food typically equals a meal because "in early days, when we were looking at medium pizzas at Pizza Hut, they were 2 pounds and they fed two people, so we said &lsquothat&rsquos two meals,&rsquo so we&rsquove adopted that."

For years, Panera has held true to their Day-End Dough-Nation program, which allows them to (1) ensure what they're serving every day is fresh and (2) donate their unsold bread goods to local rescue missions and food pantries.

LongHorn, which is also owned by Darden Restaurants, donates food on a regular basis. They give proteins and veggies to local non-profits weekly through the Food Donation Connection.

In 2017, Starbucks had donated 1 million meals of unsold food through its FoodShare program. By 2020, the chain intends to donate at least 50 million. Per year.

Not only does Chipotle donate leftover food, but they've also been donating their kitchen equipment for years as they upgrade their older locations. That ensures there's less massive equipment sitting in landfills.

All of the restaurants' surplus food that's still consumable gets donated. That adds up to about 500,000 pounds of food per year.

Pret employees gather up all untouched salads and sandwiches at the end of each day to be donated to nearby shelters. Last year, that meant 800,000 meals donated.

KFC takes all chicken not sold within 60-90 minutes out of the kitchen and preps it for donation. They now reportedly boast a 1.7 percent food waste rate, down from 2.6 percent in previous years.

Another Darden chain, Capital Grilles prepare and then freeze leftover food so it can be distributed to nearby food banks. They've reportedly donated more than 66 million pounds of food since 2003.


10 Chain Restaurants That Are Working To Combat Food Waste

Did you know Starbucks plans to donate 50 million meals by 2020?

In the wake of all the plastic straw bans, it's important to look to organizations who've been helping the world in other major ways. A bunch of your favorite restaurants (Pizza Hut, Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, to name just a few) work behind the scenes with Food Donation Connection to ensure they are safely and properly donating food that&rsquos never been served. In some cases, your faves are also donating everything from artwork and serveware to old kitchen appliances and uniforms. Here&rsquos who&rsquos doing it right.

The chain, which is owned by Darden restaurants, has donated more than 38 million pounds of food since starting the Olive Garden Harvest Program back in 2003. All existing outposts participate in this donation process.

Program Development Director of Food Donation Connection Jim Larson points to Darden restaurants as an outstanding example of a major organization doing food donation right: "Darden is not only good about a surplus of food, they&rsquove [also] donated things like flatware, or uniforms even, or artwork if they change out some of the art in the restaurant. They&rsquore always looking for something to do with any surplus rather than throw it away."

More than a year ago, Pizza Hut surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated through their Harvest Program with the Food Donation Connection. In fact, the chain was the first to come onboard with the FDC &mdash Larson confirms "it started out with just Pizza Hut in 1992."

The chain also became the barometer by which food donation was measured. Larson notes a pound of food typically equals a meal because "in early days, when we were looking at medium pizzas at Pizza Hut, they were 2 pounds and they fed two people, so we said &lsquothat&rsquos two meals,&rsquo so we&rsquove adopted that."

For years, Panera has held true to their Day-End Dough-Nation program, which allows them to (1) ensure what they're serving every day is fresh and (2) donate their unsold bread goods to local rescue missions and food pantries.

LongHorn, which is also owned by Darden Restaurants, donates food on a regular basis. They give proteins and veggies to local non-profits weekly through the Food Donation Connection.

In 2017, Starbucks had donated 1 million meals of unsold food through its FoodShare program. By 2020, the chain intends to donate at least 50 million. Per year.

Not only does Chipotle donate leftover food, but they've also been donating their kitchen equipment for years as they upgrade their older locations. That ensures there's less massive equipment sitting in landfills.

All of the restaurants' surplus food that's still consumable gets donated. That adds up to about 500,000 pounds of food per year.

Pret employees gather up all untouched salads and sandwiches at the end of each day to be donated to nearby shelters. Last year, that meant 800,000 meals donated.

KFC takes all chicken not sold within 60-90 minutes out of the kitchen and preps it for donation. They now reportedly boast a 1.7 percent food waste rate, down from 2.6 percent in previous years.

Another Darden chain, Capital Grilles prepare and then freeze leftover food so it can be distributed to nearby food banks. They've reportedly donated more than 66 million pounds of food since 2003.


10 Chain Restaurants That Are Working To Combat Food Waste

Did you know Starbucks plans to donate 50 million meals by 2020?

In the wake of all the plastic straw bans, it's important to look to organizations who've been helping the world in other major ways. A bunch of your favorite restaurants (Pizza Hut, Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, to name just a few) work behind the scenes with Food Donation Connection to ensure they are safely and properly donating food that&rsquos never been served. In some cases, your faves are also donating everything from artwork and serveware to old kitchen appliances and uniforms. Here&rsquos who&rsquos doing it right.

The chain, which is owned by Darden restaurants, has donated more than 38 million pounds of food since starting the Olive Garden Harvest Program back in 2003. All existing outposts participate in this donation process.

Program Development Director of Food Donation Connection Jim Larson points to Darden restaurants as an outstanding example of a major organization doing food donation right: "Darden is not only good about a surplus of food, they&rsquove [also] donated things like flatware, or uniforms even, or artwork if they change out some of the art in the restaurant. They&rsquore always looking for something to do with any surplus rather than throw it away."

More than a year ago, Pizza Hut surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated through their Harvest Program with the Food Donation Connection. In fact, the chain was the first to come onboard with the FDC &mdash Larson confirms "it started out with just Pizza Hut in 1992."

The chain also became the barometer by which food donation was measured. Larson notes a pound of food typically equals a meal because "in early days, when we were looking at medium pizzas at Pizza Hut, they were 2 pounds and they fed two people, so we said &lsquothat&rsquos two meals,&rsquo so we&rsquove adopted that."

For years, Panera has held true to their Day-End Dough-Nation program, which allows them to (1) ensure what they're serving every day is fresh and (2) donate their unsold bread goods to local rescue missions and food pantries.

LongHorn, which is also owned by Darden Restaurants, donates food on a regular basis. They give proteins and veggies to local non-profits weekly through the Food Donation Connection.

In 2017, Starbucks had donated 1 million meals of unsold food through its FoodShare program. By 2020, the chain intends to donate at least 50 million. Per year.

Not only does Chipotle donate leftover food, but they've also been donating their kitchen equipment for years as they upgrade their older locations. That ensures there's less massive equipment sitting in landfills.

All of the restaurants' surplus food that's still consumable gets donated. That adds up to about 500,000 pounds of food per year.

Pret employees gather up all untouched salads and sandwiches at the end of each day to be donated to nearby shelters. Last year, that meant 800,000 meals donated.

KFC takes all chicken not sold within 60-90 minutes out of the kitchen and preps it for donation. They now reportedly boast a 1.7 percent food waste rate, down from 2.6 percent in previous years.

Another Darden chain, Capital Grilles prepare and then freeze leftover food so it can be distributed to nearby food banks. They've reportedly donated more than 66 million pounds of food since 2003.


10 Chain Restaurants That Are Working To Combat Food Waste

Did you know Starbucks plans to donate 50 million meals by 2020?

In the wake of all the plastic straw bans, it's important to look to organizations who've been helping the world in other major ways. A bunch of your favorite restaurants (Pizza Hut, Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, to name just a few) work behind the scenes with Food Donation Connection to ensure they are safely and properly donating food that&rsquos never been served. In some cases, your faves are also donating everything from artwork and serveware to old kitchen appliances and uniforms. Here&rsquos who&rsquos doing it right.

The chain, which is owned by Darden restaurants, has donated more than 38 million pounds of food since starting the Olive Garden Harvest Program back in 2003. All existing outposts participate in this donation process.

Program Development Director of Food Donation Connection Jim Larson points to Darden restaurants as an outstanding example of a major organization doing food donation right: "Darden is not only good about a surplus of food, they&rsquove [also] donated things like flatware, or uniforms even, or artwork if they change out some of the art in the restaurant. They&rsquore always looking for something to do with any surplus rather than throw it away."

More than a year ago, Pizza Hut surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated through their Harvest Program with the Food Donation Connection. In fact, the chain was the first to come onboard with the FDC &mdash Larson confirms "it started out with just Pizza Hut in 1992."

The chain also became the barometer by which food donation was measured. Larson notes a pound of food typically equals a meal because "in early days, when we were looking at medium pizzas at Pizza Hut, they were 2 pounds and they fed two people, so we said &lsquothat&rsquos two meals,&rsquo so we&rsquove adopted that."

For years, Panera has held true to their Day-End Dough-Nation program, which allows them to (1) ensure what they're serving every day is fresh and (2) donate their unsold bread goods to local rescue missions and food pantries.

LongHorn, which is also owned by Darden Restaurants, donates food on a regular basis. They give proteins and veggies to local non-profits weekly through the Food Donation Connection.

In 2017, Starbucks had donated 1 million meals of unsold food through its FoodShare program. By 2020, the chain intends to donate at least 50 million. Per year.

Not only does Chipotle donate leftover food, but they've also been donating their kitchen equipment for years as they upgrade their older locations. That ensures there's less massive equipment sitting in landfills.

All of the restaurants' surplus food that's still consumable gets donated. That adds up to about 500,000 pounds of food per year.

Pret employees gather up all untouched salads and sandwiches at the end of each day to be donated to nearby shelters. Last year, that meant 800,000 meals donated.

KFC takes all chicken not sold within 60-90 minutes out of the kitchen and preps it for donation. They now reportedly boast a 1.7 percent food waste rate, down from 2.6 percent in previous years.

Another Darden chain, Capital Grilles prepare and then freeze leftover food so it can be distributed to nearby food banks. They've reportedly donated more than 66 million pounds of food since 2003.


10 Chain Restaurants That Are Working To Combat Food Waste

Did you know Starbucks plans to donate 50 million meals by 2020?

In the wake of all the plastic straw bans, it's important to look to organizations who've been helping the world in other major ways. A bunch of your favorite restaurants (Pizza Hut, Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, to name just a few) work behind the scenes with Food Donation Connection to ensure they are safely and properly donating food that&rsquos never been served. In some cases, your faves are also donating everything from artwork and serveware to old kitchen appliances and uniforms. Here&rsquos who&rsquos doing it right.

The chain, which is owned by Darden restaurants, has donated more than 38 million pounds of food since starting the Olive Garden Harvest Program back in 2003. All existing outposts participate in this donation process.

Program Development Director of Food Donation Connection Jim Larson points to Darden restaurants as an outstanding example of a major organization doing food donation right: "Darden is not only good about a surplus of food, they&rsquove [also] donated things like flatware, or uniforms even, or artwork if they change out some of the art in the restaurant. They&rsquore always looking for something to do with any surplus rather than throw it away."

More than a year ago, Pizza Hut surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated through their Harvest Program with the Food Donation Connection. In fact, the chain was the first to come onboard with the FDC &mdash Larson confirms "it started out with just Pizza Hut in 1992."

The chain also became the barometer by which food donation was measured. Larson notes a pound of food typically equals a meal because "in early days, when we were looking at medium pizzas at Pizza Hut, they were 2 pounds and they fed two people, so we said &lsquothat&rsquos two meals,&rsquo so we&rsquove adopted that."

For years, Panera has held true to their Day-End Dough-Nation program, which allows them to (1) ensure what they're serving every day is fresh and (2) donate their unsold bread goods to local rescue missions and food pantries.

LongHorn, which is also owned by Darden Restaurants, donates food on a regular basis. They give proteins and veggies to local non-profits weekly through the Food Donation Connection.

In 2017, Starbucks had donated 1 million meals of unsold food through its FoodShare program. By 2020, the chain intends to donate at least 50 million. Per year.

Not only does Chipotle donate leftover food, but they've also been donating their kitchen equipment for years as they upgrade their older locations. That ensures there's less massive equipment sitting in landfills.

All of the restaurants' surplus food that's still consumable gets donated. That adds up to about 500,000 pounds of food per year.

Pret employees gather up all untouched salads and sandwiches at the end of each day to be donated to nearby shelters. Last year, that meant 800,000 meals donated.

KFC takes all chicken not sold within 60-90 minutes out of the kitchen and preps it for donation. They now reportedly boast a 1.7 percent food waste rate, down from 2.6 percent in previous years.

Another Darden chain, Capital Grilles prepare and then freeze leftover food so it can be distributed to nearby food banks. They've reportedly donated more than 66 million pounds of food since 2003.


10 Chain Restaurants That Are Working To Combat Food Waste

Did you know Starbucks plans to donate 50 million meals by 2020?

In the wake of all the plastic straw bans, it's important to look to organizations who've been helping the world in other major ways. A bunch of your favorite restaurants (Pizza Hut, Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, to name just a few) work behind the scenes with Food Donation Connection to ensure they are safely and properly donating food that&rsquos never been served. In some cases, your faves are also donating everything from artwork and serveware to old kitchen appliances and uniforms. Here&rsquos who&rsquos doing it right.

The chain, which is owned by Darden restaurants, has donated more than 38 million pounds of food since starting the Olive Garden Harvest Program back in 2003. All existing outposts participate in this donation process.

Program Development Director of Food Donation Connection Jim Larson points to Darden restaurants as an outstanding example of a major organization doing food donation right: "Darden is not only good about a surplus of food, they&rsquove [also] donated things like flatware, or uniforms even, or artwork if they change out some of the art in the restaurant. They&rsquore always looking for something to do with any surplus rather than throw it away."

More than a year ago, Pizza Hut surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated through their Harvest Program with the Food Donation Connection. In fact, the chain was the first to come onboard with the FDC &mdash Larson confirms "it started out with just Pizza Hut in 1992."

The chain also became the barometer by which food donation was measured. Larson notes a pound of food typically equals a meal because "in early days, when we were looking at medium pizzas at Pizza Hut, they were 2 pounds and they fed two people, so we said &lsquothat&rsquos two meals,&rsquo so we&rsquove adopted that."

For years, Panera has held true to their Day-End Dough-Nation program, which allows them to (1) ensure what they're serving every day is fresh and (2) donate their unsold bread goods to local rescue missions and food pantries.

LongHorn, which is also owned by Darden Restaurants, donates food on a regular basis. They give proteins and veggies to local non-profits weekly through the Food Donation Connection.

In 2017, Starbucks had donated 1 million meals of unsold food through its FoodShare program. By 2020, the chain intends to donate at least 50 million. Per year.

Not only does Chipotle donate leftover food, but they've also been donating their kitchen equipment for years as they upgrade their older locations. That ensures there's less massive equipment sitting in landfills.

All of the restaurants' surplus food that's still consumable gets donated. That adds up to about 500,000 pounds of food per year.

Pret employees gather up all untouched salads and sandwiches at the end of each day to be donated to nearby shelters. Last year, that meant 800,000 meals donated.

KFC takes all chicken not sold within 60-90 minutes out of the kitchen and preps it for donation. They now reportedly boast a 1.7 percent food waste rate, down from 2.6 percent in previous years.

Another Darden chain, Capital Grilles prepare and then freeze leftover food so it can be distributed to nearby food banks. They've reportedly donated more than 66 million pounds of food since 2003.


10 Chain Restaurants That Are Working To Combat Food Waste

Did you know Starbucks plans to donate 50 million meals by 2020?

In the wake of all the plastic straw bans, it's important to look to organizations who've been helping the world in other major ways. A bunch of your favorite restaurants (Pizza Hut, Cheesecake Factory, and Chipotle, to name just a few) work behind the scenes with Food Donation Connection to ensure they are safely and properly donating food that&rsquos never been served. In some cases, your faves are also donating everything from artwork and serveware to old kitchen appliances and uniforms. Here&rsquos who&rsquos doing it right.

The chain, which is owned by Darden restaurants, has donated more than 38 million pounds of food since starting the Olive Garden Harvest Program back in 2003. All existing outposts participate in this donation process.

Program Development Director of Food Donation Connection Jim Larson points to Darden restaurants as an outstanding example of a major organization doing food donation right: "Darden is not only good about a surplus of food, they&rsquove [also] donated things like flatware, or uniforms even, or artwork if they change out some of the art in the restaurant. They&rsquore always looking for something to do with any surplus rather than throw it away."

More than a year ago, Pizza Hut surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated through their Harvest Program with the Food Donation Connection. In fact, the chain was the first to come onboard with the FDC &mdash Larson confirms "it started out with just Pizza Hut in 1992."

The chain also became the barometer by which food donation was measured. Larson notes a pound of food typically equals a meal because "in early days, when we were looking at medium pizzas at Pizza Hut, they were 2 pounds and they fed two people, so we said &lsquothat&rsquos two meals,&rsquo so we&rsquove adopted that."

For years, Panera has held true to their Day-End Dough-Nation program, which allows them to (1) ensure what they're serving every day is fresh and (2) donate their unsold bread goods to local rescue missions and food pantries.

LongHorn, which is also owned by Darden Restaurants, donates food on a regular basis. They give proteins and veggies to local non-profits weekly through the Food Donation Connection.

In 2017, Starbucks had donated 1 million meals of unsold food through its FoodShare program. By 2020, the chain intends to donate at least 50 million. Per year.

Not only does Chipotle donate leftover food, but they've also been donating their kitchen equipment for years as they upgrade their older locations. That ensures there's less massive equipment sitting in landfills.

All of the restaurants' surplus food that's still consumable gets donated. That adds up to about 500,000 pounds of food per year.

Pret employees gather up all untouched salads and sandwiches at the end of each day to be donated to nearby shelters. Last year, that meant 800,000 meals donated.

KFC takes all chicken not sold within 60-90 minutes out of the kitchen and preps it for donation. They now reportedly boast a 1.7 percent food waste rate, down from 2.6 percent in previous years.

Another Darden chain, Capital Grilles prepare and then freeze leftover food so it can be distributed to nearby food banks. They've reportedly donated more than 66 million pounds of food since 2003.