There's a rapidly growing trend for manufacturers and retailers in Europe and North America to divert their excess and non-saleable goods to charities and food banks. Starbucks is the latest company to make this pledge in Canada:
While these strategies are often lauded as a solution to both food insecurity and food waste, the steady increase in food bank use in the last couple decades suggests that food banks are not, themselves, the solution to food insecurity. They are a necessary bandaid. Moreover, these partnerships do little to discourage over-production among manufacturers and retailers.
Nevertheless, it is a relatively straightforward food waste diversion strategy. By increasing the diversity of the products that are eligible for donation, Starbucks improves the quality and nutritionally soundness of the donations.