Starbucks Expands FoodShare Program in Texas

February 21, 2017

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As a 7-year-old girl, Esther Ortega Johnson often woke up early on weekends during cold weather, bundled up in warm clothes and made her way to downtown Los Angeles with family members. Their journey was for a special purpose: to provide a hot meal to anyone in need on the streets.

“My dad would organize my extended family to make tacos and hot chocolate and pass the food and beverages out to anyone looking for something to eat,” says Johnson, a store manager now living in San Antonio, Texas. “That was my first experience with homelessness and hunger.”