The Pret Foundation
The Pret Foundation is a 501(c)(3) independently registered charity, that works with shelters and food banks to feed those in need. Its aim, as it has always been, is the alleviation of poverty, hunger and homelessness. What started out as just a handful of donated sandwiches from Pret's very first shop in London, has now grown to millions of food items donated across cities around the world. This tremendous effort ensures as much unsold food as possible is given to people who really need it instead of ending up in the bin.
The Pret Foundation is proud to support local food rescue organizations and helps those in need by donating Pret's unsold food at the end of each day. Our partners arrive at our shops every night to collect and deliver this food to various food shelters and food banks. Together with our food rescue partners in the U.S., we are able to donate over 700,000 food items annually to feed the hungry in our local communities.
Charity Partners & Initiatives
The Pret Foundation partners with local food rescue organizations in each city that Pret operates in. With their support, we are able to donate our unsold food 365 days a year. From everyone at Pret and The Pret Foundation, thank you.
City Harvest is New York City's largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. City Harvest rescues food and delivers it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community partners across NYC's five boroughs. Since 2000, The Pret Foundation has helped City Harvest rescue over 5 million pounds of nutritious food.
Thrive DC's mission is to end and prevent homelessness in Washington, DC. Since 1979, they have been providing food, healthcare and hygiene items, counseling and more to help clients on the path to self-sufficiency. To date, The Pret Foundation has provided over 750,000 sandwiches and salads, as well as helped ensure the safety and integrity of the food through the funding of refrigeration for Thrive DC's van.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC) provides a volunteer platform to recover excess fresh and prepared food from businesses and bring it to nearby non-profits who can then donate to those in need. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine aims to make food rescue sustainable and universal, and hunger a thing of the past. In Boston, The Pret Foundation partners with RLC and in 2018 helped to provide 80% of RLC's food donations.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository works with a local network of organizations and programs, to fight hunger every day. They provide food for those in need while working to eliminate the root causes of hunger. Since the partnership began in 2018, The Pret Foundation has donated nearly 60,000 pounds of food to help individuals and families in Chicago who face barriers to accessing wholesome food.
Food Connect is a nonprofit technology organization making it easier to bridge the gap between surplus food and hunger, by matching available resources with local food banks and shelters to provide food for those in need. Since Partnering with Food Connect in 2018, The Pret Foundation has been able to donate over 7,000 meals to local community soup kitchens, shelters, and food pantries in Philadelphia.