Pret A Manger
This fall, Pret A Manger is harvesting more than just healthy, hearty new menu options: they’re providing a bounty for food rescue groups in four different U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
For the first time in the chain’s nearly 20-year history, burritos are now on the menu, so paying customers and folks in need will all have the chance to chow down on chicken and pork options that are both antibiotic-free.
Other fall specials are designed to cater to incorporate other beloved flavors like roasted turkey, pumpkin, butternut squash, sage, and fennel. For something savory and different, try the butternut squash and goat cheese hot wrap made with sage pesto, lentils, and sliced zucchini, or a flatbread of the same variety.
Given the current ubiquity of special diets, Pret has also added gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options to the menu. The pumpkin bisque, for one, is made with coconut milk, and their coffee line is organic, too.
Most importantly of all, Pret donates their unsold food from each shop at the end of every day to charities in the four markets that it operates in. City Harvest, which feeds 1.4 million people a year in New York City; Rescuing Leftover Cuisine in Boston; Inner City Mission in Chicago; and Thrive DC in Washington, D.C.
These efforts compliment the existing work of the Pret Foundation, founded in 2012, a nonprofit organization that supports sustainable solutions to alleviate hunger and homelessness in the U.S.