The Pret Foundation has a simple mission - to break the cycle of hunger & homelessness.

Every night, after our shops have closed, our shop teams take on a crucial task. They gather our unsold sandwiches and salads and pack them up carefully. Soon after, food rescue organizations pick up all of the food and take it to local shelters, soup kitchens and food banks, feeding thousands of homeless and hungry people. These nightly donations are possible thanks to The Pret Foundation.

The Pret Foundation is a 501(c)(3) independently registered charity that raises money to support local food rescue partners alleviating hunger and homelessness, working with shelters and food banks to feed those in need. This work is funded through donations from select products sales and through the generous donations received in shop charity boxes.

The Pret Foundation was created in 2000 when the first Pret A Manger in NYC opened its doors. With your support, we've been able to do great work. In 2010, we donated our millionth pound of food, and in 2018, we donated five million pounds of food to feed those in need. As long as our doors are open, The Pret Foundation will continue to fight hunger and homelessness. We believe no one should ever go hungry.

Add Something Sweet

This past December, 20 cents from every bakery item purchased was donated to The Pret Foundation. By adding something sweet to your day, you helped us raise over $100,000 to help feed those who needed it most for the holiday season.

Eat well, be merry, do good.

Our Partners and Initiatives

The Pret Foundation partners with local food rescue organizations in each city that we operate in. With their support, we are able to donate our unsold food 365 days a year.

City Harvest
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.
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Thrive DC
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.
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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.
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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.
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Food Connect
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.
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