How Starbucks is helping Morocco earthquake relief efforts 

In response to the devastating earthquake in Morocco on September 8, The Starbucks Foundation and Alshaya Group have committed to a joint combined donation of $250,000 to support impacted communities and relief efforts.  

Starbucks opened its first store in Morocco with Alshaya Group as its local licensee in 2011, and now has 18 stores and over 150 green apron partners (employees) across the country, with three stores in Marrakesh. Starbucks and Alshaya Group are now working together via operations teams to provide care, support and assistance to partners and their families, as well as the communities they serve.   

The Starbucks Foundation and Alshaya Group’s donations will support organizations providing immediate relief and aid to communities, including: 

  • CARE to support response efforts especially for vulnerable families, with a focus on women and girls, youth and disadvantaged groups; 
  • Global Red Cross Red Crescent to provide humanitarian relief such as relief supplies, shelter support, access to mental health services, access to water and early recovery programming; 
  • Planet Water Foundation to provide clean, safe drinking water through the mobilization of two AquaBlock emergency water systems; and 
  • World Central Kitchen to support emergency meal distribution in impacted communities and for first responders. 

“We are heartbroken by the widespread tragedy that has occurred in Morocco, and our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones,” said Duncan Moir, president of Starbucks Europe, Middle East, and Africa. “It will be a long recovery, and we are dedicated to supporting our green apron partners and the communities we serve in Morocco, both through monetary contributions and hands-on assistance.” 

“Our team in Morocco has already shown tremendous resilience and compassion in the face of this crisis,” said Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman, Alshaya Group. “Through these donations and support, we hope we can relieve the devastating impact on communities.” 

How to Support

Customers wanting to contribute to World Central Kitchen’s efforts in Morocco can make a donation directly to WCK using the link below.  

Starbucks partners who make a personal donation may be eligible for a Giving Match from Starbucks.


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. 

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 36,000 stores worldwide, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at stories.starbucks.com or www.starbucks.com

About Alshaya Group

Alshaya Group has partnered with Starbucks since 1999, and now operates more than 1,900 stores across 13 markets spanning from Northern Africa through the Middle East and Central Asia.