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Starbucks launches donation program as food insecurity hits record
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Starbucks is expanding its food donation program to all of its U.S. company-operated stores Friday in order to help address the hunger crisis which worsened over the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of its FoodShare program, which works in partnership with Feeding America, nearly 8,000 locations will package eligible unsold food every evening and deliver the meals to nonprofits around the U.S.
The company's FoodShare program initially launched in 2016 – although only 74% of stores participated until Friday.
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The move comes as the total food insecure population increases. Even though the economy continues to rebound from the depths of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of children and families living in America continue to face food insecurity every day, according to Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States.