Over 42 million Americans live in food-insecure homes. Without regular access to healthy, affordable food, they may depend on federal assistance, community services, or soup kitchens for some of their meals. Across the country, Bon Appétit teams assist the food insecure in their communities by donating excess food on a regular basis.
We’ve committed that 80 percent of our accounts will do so by 2018. They may even donate in partnerships, with the support of student groups, nonprofits, or other businesses. LA & SF Specialty, a California-based food distribution company, is one such food recovery partner. In 2012, LA & SF Specialty piloted a food recovery program called Chefs to End Hunger, which helps chefs in restaurants, hotels, and food service “easily and efficiently donate food to those in need.” Each day, LA & SF Specialty drivers deliver their produce orders to Bon Appétit accounts throughout the greater Bay Area and Los Angeles regions; they also pick up “kits” filled by our chefs with leftover food, which go back to the warehouse and are then picked up and distributed around the region by nonprofit partners such as Hope 4 the Heart(Bay Area) and The Midnight Mission (Los Angeles).