Chipotle Partners with The Farmlink Project to Donate Over 10M Pounds of Produce

    Industry News | December 14, 2022
    Graphic explaining Chipotle's partnership with The Farmlink Project.
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    The ultimate goal is to donate at least 20 million pounds.

    Chipotle Mexican Grill announced it is teaming up with The Farmlink Project to help donate more than 10 million pounds of produce to food banks this winter, with a goal of reaching 20 million pounds donated. 

    "Chipotle is a clear restaurant leader in local sourcing, buying over 35 million pounds of local produce in the last year alone," says Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer, Chipotle. "We are proud to partner with The Farmlink Project to help them deliver fresh produce to food banks and help feed those in need this winter."

    Real Recipes for Real Change 

    Chipotle believes that real food made with real ingredients has the power to change the world. For the third consecutive year, the brand is partnering with like-minded nonprofit, The Farmlink Project, to help The Farmlink Project donate fresh produce to food banks. Founded by college students during the pandemic, The Farmlink Project is a grassroots movement that connects farms with food banks to fight food waste and hunger while supporting essential jobs.

    The Farmlink Project's Lead Ambassador and social media chef Nick DiGiovanni partnered with Chipotle to help generate awareness for the goal of 20 million pounds of produce donated this winter. If Chipotle and The Farmlink Project reach that goal by January 31, Chipotle will reveal the cult-favorite Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette recipe featuring nine real ingredients for the first time ever. Fans on social have long obsessed over how the Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette tastes so delicious.

    Chipotle fans can support The Farmlink Project by: 

    • Round Up for Real Change: Through January 31, Chipotle guests can round up their bill on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com to the next highest dollar amount to support The Farmlink Project. 
       
    • Donating Chipotle Rewards Points: Donating 485 points and choosing The Farmlink Project as the beneficiary results in a $1 donation to The Farmlink Project, equivalent to 30 pounds of food. Through January 31, Chipotle will match point donations to The Farmlink Project, meaning a 485-point donation can result in 60 pounds of food donated. 

     

    Food Insecurity In America 

    More than 33 million Americans live with food insecurity. Defined by a lack of consistent, reliable access to enough food for an active, healthy life, food insecurity is a critical issue nationwide. Chipotle and The Farmlink Project have partnered to help put food on the table this winter, especially in communities that need it most. Chipotle is working with The Farmlink Project to route donations to the top 20 most food insecure markets in the U.S., including Albuquerque, N.M., Indianapolis, New Orleans, Augusta, Ga. and more.

    Chipotle x The Farmlink Project History

    This fall, Chipotle helped The Farmlink Project donate 185,000 pounds of food to Fort Myers to support Hurricane Ian relief. Since Chipotle started to support The Farmlink Project in 2020, the partnership has enabled the donation of more than 40 million pounds of produce to communities in need across the U.S.

    No purchase necessary. For every $1 donation to The Farmlink Project with 485 loyalty points in the Rewards Exchange section of the Chipotle app and on Chipotle.com between December 14, 2022 through January 31, 2023 in the US, Chipotle will donate 1 additional dollar, with a minimum Chipotle matching donation of $10,000 and maximum of $50,000.

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