Starbucks Commits to Donating all Unsold Food

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:

The coffee chain announced Wednesday it will partner with an agency called Food Donation Connection to expand on an existing project. Since 2010, Starbucks has been collecting pastries at the company’s 7,600 stores after they can no longer be sold to customers, and working with FDC to get them to food banks and homeless shelters where they can be consumed.

The new plan expands on that to include perishable items such as breakfast sandwiches, salads, and other ready-to-eat meal packages.
CBC News

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.