According to World Food Day USA, 40 percent of the food produced in America is wasted. That equals more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.
This is one reason why at Chick-fil-A, we wanted to do something to combat food waste. This October, our Support Center started Shared Table - a program to turn food that would normally be thrown away into meals for those in need.
Through the Shared Table program, Chick-fil-A staff members can volunteer up to 25 minutes of their time 1-3 times a week to package, weigh and donate leftover food to the Salvation Army. The program is also offered to Chick-fil-A restaurant operators who are interested in donating leftover food items from their cafes.
All of the donated leftover food is then used by the Salvation Army to prepare and provide meals through its soup kitchens. The meals provided through these soup kitchens impact the lives of many homeless citizens in Atlanta as well as anyone who may be going through a difficult time.
In the one month since the program started, 32 staff volunteers have helped donate over 1,800 meals!