The Starbucks Foundation: Supporting Community Response and Resilience during COVID-19

Updated November 16, 2020

From aiding global community response efforts to providing hunger relief to supporting our front-line responders, The Starbucks Foundation is committed to strengthening humanity by uplifting communities. To date, The Starbucks Foundation has contributed more than $9 million in response to COVID-19, investing in initiatives that extend emergency assistance to those in need while also helping build a path towards recovery and resilience.

These contributions include supporting:

Global COVID-19 Response Efforts

Coffee and Tea Growing Communities

  • $1,000,000 to Mercy Corps to support COVID-19 prevention awareness and extend urgently needed direct support across coffee and tea farming communities in Indonesia, Colombia, Guatemala, India and Ethiopia. To help prevent virus transmission and protect lives and livelihoods, Mercy Corps is providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene supplies as well as food and other needed assistance to vulnerable families during this crisis. These efforts have reached more than 230,000 people to date.

Hunger Relief

Front-line Responders

Vulnerable Communities

Seattle, WA – Our Hometown

  • $500,000 to The Plate Fund at Seattle Foundation to provide immediate financial assistance to restaurant workers who have been hardest-hit in King County, Washington.
  • $250,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund hosted by Seattle Foundation to rapidly provide flexible resources to community-based organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
  • $100,000 to the Black Future Co-op Fund housed at Seattle Foundation to respond to the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on the Black community, strengthen Black culture, increase resilience to economic and other shocks, and build generational wealth.
  • $50,000 to Catholic Community Services to purchase cleaning supplies and provide motel vouchers and food delivery to vulnerable families.
  • $50,000 to FareStart to provide emergency meals to organizations that serve youth, adults and families who are low income or experiencing homelessness.
  • $50,000 to Mary’s Place to help move vulnerable families to alternate shelter sites and help expand shelter capacity.
  • $50,000 to Wellspring Family Services to support temporary staffing to avoid disruption in services to unsheltered families and purchase cleaning supplies.
  • $50,000 to United Way of King County to enable continued services and additional preparedness support to unsheltered families.

About The Starbucks Foundation

The Starbucks Foundation strengthens humanity by transforming lives across the world, with a focus on enabling community resiliency and prosperity and uplifting communities affected by disaster. Established in 1997, The Starbucks Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. law. Learn more at