When Even Stevens, a sandwich chain based in Salt Lake City, Utah, opened its first Colorado store near Sloan’s Lake (4245 W. Colfax Ave.) in Denver last August, it partnered with Bienvenidos and three other non-profits – Grant Avenue Street Reach, The Action Center and Sun Valley Youth Center.
For each sandwich sold, Even Stevens provides the equivalent of a sandwich to the non-profits it serves. The non-profits have access to Sysco, the restaurant’s food distributor, where they can order sandwich ingredients at wholesale prices.
The West Colfax store has donated more than 20,000 sandwiches since it opened in August.
“Giving back is ingrained into our company DNA,” says Sara Day, Co-Founder and Cause Director of Even Stevens Sandwiches. “From day one we knew we wanted to provide great tasting food as well as an easy way for our customers to give back to their communities in a meaningful way. We were super excited to arrive in Colorado and start building partnerships with organizations that are experts in serving those in need – and we know we are going to have a long and fruitful relationship in the neighborhood.”
Greg Pratt, executive director of Bienvenidos, located at 38th and Pecos Street in Denver, says the new partnership has allowed him to double the amount of fresh produce and protein each month he can provide needy families.
Sandwich sales at the Sloan’s Lake Even Stevens store has given Pratt the ability to purchase nearly $1,000 worth of food from Sysco each month for the last four months thanks to sandwich sales.
“Fresh fruits, vegetables and meats are the most requested items for our food pantry,” Pratt says. “Everyone wants to provide healthy food for their families and Even Stevens has given us the opportunity to do just that. We are grateful for this new and innovative approach to funding non-profits.”
Bienvenidos Food Bank Director Greg Pratt and volunteer Sherine Dominguez
Bienvenidos Food Bank:
· Serves nearly 10,000 Denver people annually, including 1,000 children.
· Provides enough food to make more than 300,000 meals.
· Gives away more than 350,000 pounds of food valued at nearly $600,000.
· Is able to purchase $9 worth of food for every $1 donation.
Opened its first location in Salt Lake City in 2014. It donated its millionth sandwich in January 2017 and its two millionth in November.
The brand now has 20 locations in Utah, Idaho, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and a Seattle location opening next week. In addition to their give back program, Even Stevens also places a high value in being a true community brand by hiring local musicians to play three days a week in their shops and sourcing products locally like Novo Coffee, Infinite Monkey Theorem wines, Epic Brewery, Renegade Brewing and Colorado Cookie Company. They have plans for further expansion in Colorado so stay tuned for a location near you!