Cheesecake Factory has donated more than 400,000 pounds of excess food to nonprofits this year, almost doubling its total by this time in 2019.
The efficiency gain comes from a partnership the Calabasas restaurant chain entered into with Copia, a mobile app that decreases waste by matching restaurants’ food overages with local nonprofits that need donations. Restaurant staff records the amount of extra food left over at closing time, then a driver from Copia’s delivery partner Doordash picks it up and transports it to a nearby nonprofit that approved the donation on the app beforehand.
Cheesecake’s Associate Director of Sustainability Nick Sterling, who manages Nourish, the company’s food donation program, said Copia has been a “huge solve to our critical issues.”
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