A New Leaf and Even Stevens are partnering together to provide essential food and meals to individuals served at A New Leaf shelters. Even Stevens, a sandwich shop with three locations Valleywide, provides a supply of food staples as a portion of its sales proceeds to benefit organizations like A New Leaf, based in Mesa.
“We are deeply grateful for the generosity of Even Stevens,” said Chief Philanthropy Officer Joe Dulin. “We rarely receive donations of nutritious proteins that can be made into meals. The business model of Even Stevens is uniquely innovative in that it helps reduce our outlay of funds to provide basic meals to hungry families at our shelters across the Valley.”
The statistics are startling: one in eight Americans are food insecure. In a land of plenty, children and families are struggling to put food on the table. For those who are homeless or are victims of domestic violence, the lack of resources to spend on food aggravates a precarious situation, driving many to become malnourished or chronically hungry.
Even Stevens does more than hand out sandwiches. Their supply of food staples to A New Leaf’s shelters allows the organization to save cash and spend critical funds on shelter, job assistance, court advocacy, after-school programs and other life-changing services. At the end of every month Even Stevens tallies sandwich sales. Then funds for sandwich-making ingredients – meat, cheese and produce – are placed into a Sysco account for delivery to A New Leaf’s shelters.
“As a result of this partnership, A New Leaf is able to serve more people and promote a nutritious food program that improves the health of our clients,” said Dulin.