Dig into a Cubano, Bahn Mi or jackfruit torta and do good? That’s the idea behind Even Stevens, a craft-casual restaurant chain that donates a sandwich to a local nonprofit for every sandwich sold.
The Salt Lake City, Utah-based brand recently launched its first Denver location in Sloan’s Lake at 4205 W. Colfax Ave., where you’ll find sandwiches, salads, bites and local fare, using an “eat to give” model.
“With one in eight Americans being food insecure, we saw a need in our own communities to help those in need,” says Mikaela Shafer, the company’s marketing and communications manager. “We wanted to build a sandwich shop that had giving back ingrained into its DNA from day one. Instead of handing them out randomly, we decided it would be more sustainable to work with nonprofit partners who are experts at helping others. Through our program, they are able to reallocate funds they would have spent on food elsewhere in their programs.”
In January, after two and half years of business, Even Stevens had already sold—and donated—one million sandwiches, and now give more than 100,000 sandwiches a month across its markets. The Denver location will donate to Grant Street Reach, Sun Valley Youth Resource Center, Bienvenidos Food Bank and The Action Center. Share says future locations may include Metro Caring, Volunteers of America of Colorado, Food Bank of the Rockies and others.
“We want to show that any business can give back in a way that still makes sense for a for-profit,” she adds.
For more information visit the Even Stevens website.