Following the devastation of the California wildfires this year, Starbucks partners (employees), customers and The Starbucks Foundation joined relief efforts to support Starbucks partners and strengthen communities that were directly impacted by the disaster.
As part of its long-standing commitment to strengthening communities, The Starbucks Foundation works with a number of organizations, like the American Red Cross, to prepare communities to respond to disasters large and small and help families during the recovery process. In addition, Starbucks customers donated more than $60,000 in November to support the American Red Cross for California Wildfires relief efforts. With support from The Starbucks Foundation and other generous supporters, the American Red Cross has helped serve more than 137,700 meals and snacks, connected more than 39,500 people with health and mental health support, distributed more than 21,500 relief items, and mobilized more than 2,100 disaster workers in response to the Camp Fire, Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire.
Starbucks partners affected by the wildfires have also received grants through the Caring Unites Partners (CUP) Fund. The CUP Fund is a partner-funded program that helps partners in need, including covering temporary housing for several partners who lost their homes due to the wildfires.
To bolster this commitment, The Starbucks Foundation announced it will donate $200,000 to the National Forest Foundation (NFF) to plant 200,000 trees across the country, representing at least one tree for all U.S. partners. Of that amount, $50,000 will support the NFF’s new California Wildfire Reforestation Fund, which includes the planting of 50,000 trees on California forests.
Starbucks stands together with the people of California – including partners, their families and customers – to help rebuild and create lasting impact in the communities they serve.