Foodservice

Maverik Expands Food-Waste Reduction Program

Convenience-store chain helps fight food insecurity at nearly 90 stores
Maverik program to reduce food waste
Photograph courtesy of Maverik

SALT LAKE CITY — In partnership with Feeding America, Maverik recently expanded its pilot food-waste reduction program that supports communities in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming through distribution to five member food banks.

Launched last year, the program now donates surplus food from 87 stores.

To date, Maverik has donated 276,878 pounds of surplus food equaling 230,732 meals.

Donating rather than dumping product into a landfill equals the removal of CO2 from 79 passenger vehicles from being driven for one year, the Salt Lake City-based convenience-store chain said.

  • Maverik is No. 22 on CSP’s 2022 Top 202 list of biggest U.S. convenience-store chains by store count.

Maverik is contributing items like burritos, pizzas, hamburgers and breakfast sandwiches; salads, cold sandwiches and wraps; parfaits, tornados, cookies and muffins; and grocery items including candy, snacks, and beef jerky. Food donations go to:

  • United Food Bank in Arizona
  • Care and Share Food Bank in Colorado
  • Food Bank of the Rockies in Colorado and Wyoming
  • Three Square Food Bank in Nevada
  • Utah Food Bank

“Record-high food prices, continued supply chain challenges, the pandemic and sustainability concerns are putting the importance of food waste management into clear focus,” said Chuck Maggelet, president and chief adventure guide of Maverik. “We’re proud to help Feeding America rescue food to benefit people, the environment and the economy.”

“Maximizing food sourcing is a key priority for Feeding America,” said Diane Letson, vice president of food industry partnerships at Feeding America. “Last year, for the first time, we secured more than 2 billion pounds of food through retail donations, and we’re grateful for partners like Maverik that make donations at the store level possible.”

Working in partnership with Feeding America, Maverik will identify additional stores to expand its food-waste program to additional states in support of member food banks serving communities in 12 states where Maverik operates.

Like Feeding America, Maverik said it believes food shouldn’t be an impossible choice. In the United States, 66 billion pounds of perfectly good food goes to waste each year while hunger persists for millions of people, particularly now with economic instability like the soaring inflation rate, Maverik said.

Maverik is focused on improving the quality of life for its local communities. In 2021, Maverik donated $2.3 million to more than 18 charities and community causes across its local markets. Of this, the company contributed more than $580,000 to help neighbors in need through a series of donations to Feeding America.

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