Harvest Food Donation
For more than 20 years, Yum! and our brands have demonstrated a commitment to solving hunger in our local communities. Our Harvest program is the world’s first prepared food donation program and our restaurants donate more than 7 million pounds of food annually to partner agencies in the U.S. and around the globe.
Since 1992, the Yum! system has contributed over 180 million pounds of food to more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations—a fair market value of $860 million. As the global restaurant leader in wholesome, surplus food donations it is our privilege and responsibility to bring awareness to this issue. As a member of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, we are partnering with manufacturing, retail and foodservice industry leaders to tackle the challenges of food waste. We believe that no waste equals no hunger and we’ve publicly pledged to donate 10 million pounds of surplus food in 2016 as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge.
Harvest offers a fantastic alternative to discarding surplus food, feeding people not landfills. When food is disposed in a landfill, it quickly breaks down and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Since the program began, Harvest food donations have diverted more than 2 million metric tons of methane from the environment.
We are committed to building on the success of this program and sharing the model in other countries so we can truly Feed The World!
“In the Louisville community, the need for food is so enormous. I’m trending 171,250 meals this year and we do it through donated food, through organizations like KFC. The food KFC gives us means so much to me because it’s not being wasted and we are going to serve it to people who are hungry in this community. The goal should be to end hunger and KFC plays a really big part in helping me do my job, by ending hunger one plate at a time.”
(Charlie Shunnarah, Executive Chef, St. Vincent de Paul Open Hand Kitchen)
“We wouldn’t be able to open our doors without the support of companies, including restaurants. I think receiving Pizza Hut is just that extra, especially for families that have children. We’ve actually had a Pizza Hut employee purchase two extra pizzas so that when we came to pick up there was more pizza than what would have normally been donated.”
(Lydia Stahl, Executive Director, People to People Ministries)
Learn more about our Harvest commitments and initiatives.