Food Depository's first overnight food rescue routes pick up from 121 Starbucks locations

Through a national partnership with Feeding America launched in fiscal year 2017, Starbucks is working with the Food Depository on FoodShare – a program to provide high quality ready-to-eat meals for shelters in Cook County.

“We’re really excited to partner with Starbucks on this,” said Food Depository vice president of operations, Sheila Creghin. “It’s a great source of food for our hungry neighbors.”

The program, supported by Starbucks, is an extension of the Food Depository’s Food Rescue efforts. Unsold prepared food like sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups are collected from Starbucks stores by Food Depository staff overnight, seven days a week. The food is then loaded into refrigerated vans and delivered to three shelters in Cook County.

For the shelters receiving this food, the FoodShare program provides a significant benefit for clients: take-away meals.

“Providing our clients with take-away meals is not only convenient for them but is also a great way to give them a bit of cheer as they leave in the morning.”

Cynthia Northington, Franciscan House shelter manager

“It’s been incredibly beneficial,” said Cynthia Northington, shelter manager at Franciscan House, a Food Depository partner agency on the West Side. “Providing our clients with take-away meals is not only convenient for them but is also a great way to give them a bit of cheer as they leave in the morning.”

Foodshare launched at the end of March. In its first three months operating during fiscal year 2017, the Food Depository collected more than 175,000 pounds of food from 121 stores. The Food Depository anticipates rescuing nearly 700,000 pounds of food per year through the program.