Starbucks will donate its leftover food to feed the hungry

Starbucks donating unused food

Starbucks has a new plan to donate all of its leftover food to the homeless.

The company said Tuesday that its ultimate goal will be to donate “100%” of its leftover food to Feeding America — an agency that runs a national network of food banks with more than 7,000 US locations.

The idea to donate leftover food came from the company’s baristas.

“Our people just felt so badly. And this has been going on for quite some time. And so we started doing our homework– municipality by municipality,” Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow.

Starbucks isn’t the first company to donate surplus food. The Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle, Yum! Brands, Taco Bell, and other restaurants do the same.

Starbucks has donated unsold pastries to a food collection service since 2010.

The USDA estimates that 30% to 40% of America’s food supply is wasted.

Starbucks plans to have given out 5 million meals — including breakfast sandwiches, paninis, and salads, by the end of 2016.

The company is working with Feeding America to find the best way to transport the food so it remains safe until consumed.