Starbucks Foodshare Program Helps Bridge Hunger Gap In San Diego

A container of sliced fruit is just one of a number of items that Starbucks donates to feed the hungry in San Diego, June 28, 2017.

When people shop at the Corner Market in Kearny Mesa, they get help from a personal assistant. Like market volunteer Andi Furman.

On a recent Thursday morning, she helped Dianne White and her caretaker, Nathan Morin.

“Do you want me to take the cart for you?” Furman asked.

“Sure!” White responded.

The Corner Market is a food pantry. It is operated by the nonprofit Jewish Family Service.

The trio started at the canned food section. White picked out some canned tomatoes and green beans.

After a few minutes, they moved onto to the produce. Furman showed White some locally-grown cucumbers.

“How many ‘cukes’ would you like? You can have as many as your heart desires,” she said.

Lastly, White stopped at a cooler filled with food from Starbucks.

There were stacks of sliced fruit and vegetable trays, salads, sandwiches, wraps, you name it.

“Oh my gosh, I love it all. I would say, the salad is a good — I’ll have like one salad,” White said, her face lighting up.

White topped off her shopping cart with a bunch of Starbucks food.

White is trying to beat back endometrial and breast cancer. She can no longer work, so she depends on food from the Corner Market.

White said getting items from Starbucks is a treat.

“I love Starbucks,” she said. “And that’s one of those special things that I’m not able to get normally. And I just go nuts here. I’ve got my favorites, and yeah, it’s really neat.”

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Kenny Goldberg