Harvest Food Donation
Goal: Be the global restaurant leader in wholesome, surplus food donations.
For more than 20 years, we have demonstrated a commitment to solving hunger in the United States and around the world. Our Harvest program is the world’s first prepared food donation program and our restaurants donate more than seven million pounds of food annually to partner agencies in the U.S. and around the globe.
The Yum! Brands Harvest program offers a fantastic alternative to discarding surplus food. By donating to food banks and other charitable organizations, we are feeding people instead of landfills. Since 1992, the Yum! Brands 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. We are members of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a coalition of manufacturing, retail and foodservice industry leaders taking on the challenges of food waste. We have also pledged to donate 10 million pounds of surplus product in 2016 as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge.
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!
Food Donation Connection is the industry leader in coordinating prepared food donations, with more than 20 years of experience of partnering together on our prepared food program.
“Food Donation Connection and Yum! Brands have been fighting against hunger, hand in hand, for more than 20 years. Together we help to provide over seven million pounds of prepared food every year from Yum! Brands’ restaurants to worthy nonprofit organizations. We are proud and grateful to be able to partner with Yum! Brands to put an end to hunger.”
Harvest makes a significant local impact by feeding the hungry right around the corner from our restaurants. Local food banks within ten miles of the restaurant are identified and partnered to coordinate weekly pickups. In exchange for picking up the donations and committing to safe food handling practices, local charities receive free, protein-rich foods.
Our surplus product donations are not only helping individuals in need, but are also creating a healthier and safer environment around the globe. When food is disposed in a landfill, it quickly breaks down and becomes a significant source of methane — a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Landfills are a major source of human-related methane in the United States, accounting for more than 20 percent of all methane emissions. By donating our product, we are reducing, recovering, and recycling product while helping those in need. In fact, since our program began in 1992, we have diverted over 2,000,000 metric tons of methane from landfills!
Harvest has a 20-year track record of success in the U.S. but with nearly 43,000 restaurants, the world is our community. Harvest is expanding to international markets and we are proud of the global teams who have committed to making positive changes in the countries where they operate. Here are just a few examples of the ways our teams around the world are leading the way with surplus food donations.
KFC Australia participates in Foodbank’s Food Rescue Program, allowing donations of useable products to people in need. Through its efforts, 85 percent of its suppliers have also signed up to be national signatories with Foodbank. In 2015 it proudly donated more than 29,000 meal equivalents. To date, KFC Austrilia has donated more than 103,000 kilograms of food, equating to over 145,000 meal equivalents.
“KFC has been a valuable partner for Foodbank, providing a range of products from meats to sauces and seasoning, all of which are critical in helping Foodbank deliver over 166,000 meals to Australians in need every day. These meals are distributed to over 2400 welfare agencies across the country and help support the 2 million Australians who seek food support each year. KFC’s ongoing commitment to Foodbank is a clear demonstration that they have joined the fight to end hunger in Australia.”
Jason Hinks, Chief Executive Officer, Foodbank Australia
KFC U.K. and Ireland
KFC U.K. and Ireland was our first international market to donate surplus food through the Harvest program, launching in May 2014. The Brixton restaurant donated 150 kilos of food in their first month and inspired six additional locations to join the program that summer. As of December 2015, the U.K. and Ireland market donates from 50 restaurants with a bold goal of 450 restaurants by the end of 2016! Check out this video from a BBC documentary that aired last year.
In 2015, KFC U.S donated 2,434,530 pounds of food to local charities through Harvest - a fair market value of more than $16 million. Since KFC U.S. began Harvest in 1999, the brand has donated 72,503,876 pounds of surplus food, valued at nearly $343 million, to help feed children and families through local community organizations.
In addition to feeding our local communities, donating surplus product also reduces our environmental footprint. In 2015, surplus product donated by KFC U.S. diverted 27,607 metric tons of methane from our atmosphere. More than 822,000 metric tons of methane has been diverted from the atmosphere since the program began.