Food Rescue Program

Nearly 133 billion pounds of food is wasted every year in the U.S., and food retailers are responsible for nearly 42 billion of those pounds, according to the USDA. To combat this, we’re committed to a “Zero Waste” threshold by 2020, which is a 90 percent waste diversion rate as defined by the EPA. This is a lofty target, so we’re constantly developing new programs to prevent and divert waste from landfills. Here’s what we’re doing to help keep our planet healthy.


Sprouts worker holding box full of vegetables and fruit

All groceries that are no longer fit for sale but remain perfectly edible and nutrient-rich are donated by our stores and distribution centers to local hunger relief agencies, many of which are affiliated with Feeding America. These agencies then distribute the donated food to people in need in our communities. Since the inception of the Food Rescue program in mid-2013, Sprouts has donated more than 43 million pounds of food to those less fortunate – that’s more than 35 million meals! Watch to learn more.


cattle eating vegetables and fruit

Food that is not fit for hunger relief agencies is donated as cattle feed to support local cattle ranches and dairy farms. This provides cattle with a more nutritious diet and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.


Lastly, food is donated as compost, which enriches soils with nutrients. More than 18 million pounds of food have been diverted from landfills since the start of this program in 2014.

Recycling and Deforestation

Our stores and distribution centers recycled more than 500,000 pounds of plastic bags and shrink wrap, and more than 70 million pounds of cardboard and pulp-based material in 2016. With the help of our customers who bring reusable shopping bags, we also prevented more than 44 million single-use plastic bags from polluting our environment.