Pizza Hut has reached the 25th year of its Harvest program and surpassed 100 million pounds of food donated to feed those in need.
Created through partnerships with community-based hunger relief organizations and an effort to reduce Pizza Hut’s food waste, Harvest benefits 2,500 organizations nationwide.
Pizza Hut locations donate error pizzas, no-show orders, and surplus pizza and pasta. Local organizations collect the surplus food for use in community feeding programs. It’s estimated that between 30 to 40 percent of all food produced is thrown away and that about 12 percent of Americans face food insecurity.
The national pizza brand works with Food Donation Connection (FDC) to link restaurants to local hunger relief organizations. FDC was founded by former Pizza Hut executive Bill Reighard, who began the program internally before leaving to launch FDC in 1992.
“Pizza Hut led the charge,” Reighard says in a statement. “It’s wonderful to celebrate this milestone and to recognize that the Pizza Hut commitment still inspires other big brands, as well as independent restaurants, to fight food waste and feed people in need in their communities.”
Pizza Hut celebrated the milestone with an event at Dallas LIFE, one of the 45 Dallas-Fort Worth area organizations participating in the Harvest program.
“Pizza Hut is a global brand whose people are very mindful of their communities,” says Rev. Bob Sweeney, executive director of Dallas LIFE, in a statement. “We are grateful for their dedication to building stronger communities—whether it’s through Pizza Hut food donations, the company’s 10-year commitment to impact 100 million lives by promoting literacy, or its Life Unboxed EDU program that encourages employees and their families to continue their educations.”