It's a staggering number. The do-right, Utah-based sandwich purveyor serves up tasty goods, and has taken the buy-one-give-one cause marketing strategy to new foodtastic heights: Thus far, Even Stevens has donated 224,770 sandwiches to charity.
Here's how it works: When you munch on any one of the company's sammies—I recommend the Mihami Vice, Pot Roast Dip, or Sprang Chicken—the restaurant donates ingredients for a sandwich to a handful of local non-profit partners geared towards alleviating hunger. Now, that's a sandwich shop with a cause.
The makings of Even Stevens were simple: Founder Steve Downs wanted to turn the food industry into a force for social good. Since its inception June 2014, the company has partnered with local artisans, growers, artists, and more to create a wholly unique dining experience while the values of taking care of those in need stays at the forefront.
"Community is one of the most important aspects of our brand," says Sara Day, Even Stevens Director of Community Engagement. "With each city we move into, we seek to learn about the culture and history there and embody that same feel in our shop. We learn about a community's non-profits, bring local products onto our menu, and hire musicians to serenade our guests."
Each Even Stevens store offers an homage to the roots of the building it is housed in (e.g. the Sugar House branch was once the Pretty Ford Auto Dealership in the '30s, so it has an auto theme). Currently, there are four locations—downtown Salt Lake City, Sugar House, Draper, and St. George—and Even Stevens projects there will be up to 10 stores open in the Intermountain West by mid-2016 ... a lot of good to come!
For more information about the company's giving policy, or to find a store near you, visit the Even Stevens website.
Photographer's note: The 224,770 number of sandwiches is as of publication on Nov. 25, 2015.
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