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Eating Sandwiches for a Cause

(L-R) (back) Tamara Littlesalt, director of Native American and community services for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale; Michael McHenry, President of Even Steven Sandwiches; Kristina Chumpol, Strategic Liaison to CEO and Board for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale; and Denise Fitchie, SRPMIC Youth Services Department director. (front) Melissa Bronston, Red Mountain Branch director for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale;SRPMIC Council member Jenelle Howard; Lisa Hurst, President/CEO for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale; and SRPMIC Council member Michael Dallas, Sr.

How would you like a really good reason to eat delicious sandwiches, aside from the fact that you’re hungry? Well, now you’ve got one.

On April 24, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale was recognized as one of three nonprofit partner beneficiaries that will be receiving donations in sandwiches. That’s right—in sandwiches.

Even Stevens, a sandwich shop chain with locations across Utah and Arizona, has come up with a unique way of donating to local charitable organizations: for every sandwich it sells, it donates one to a local nonprofit organization. The nonprofit benefits by saving the cash that it would otherwise spend on food.

The Even Stevens business model is inspired by the Toms Shoes model of buy a pair, give a pair. Even Stevens will match the cost of every sandwich sold and donate the funds to the BGCGS so teens can enjoy sandwiches when they’re at the Lehi or Red Mountain campuses (see sidebar for how the process works).

“We’re really excited about this partnership. Youth Developmental Specialist Angela DiCicco is our teen director for the Red Mountain and Lehi campuses, so she’ll be able to order from the Sysco food account. Basically, any ingredient that’s on the menu she’ll be able to order [to] prepare dinner for the teens. So that really helps us, because we all know that teens eat a lot,” said Tamara Littlesalt, director of Native American and community services for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

“When we move into the Way of Life facility, this will be one way of reducing and offsetting our costs,” Littlesalt added. “This partnership came at an ideal time, and it’s a great opportunity for us. Even just identifying this type of business model to our kids is definitely something we want to share so they can be creative and innovative about what type of career path to choose later on, especially with initiatives outlined for our organizations.”

According to the Even Stevens website, “Beyond simply handing out sandwiches, our donations allow local non-profits to save cash. Where resources would normally go towards food purchases, they instead go to transitional programs—shelter, résumé building, legal assistance and more. In this way, the sandwiches we give back to each community are an investment in that community’s growth and well-being.”

The sandwich shop has five locations in the Valley; the one closest to the Community is at 7217 E. Fourth Ave., at the corner of Scottsdale Road and Fourth Avenue in the Old Town Scottsdale. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about Evens Stevens and its charitable causes, visit www.evenstevens.com.

How it works:

  1. You buy a sandwich at an Even Stevens location.
  2. At the end of every month, Even Stevens tallies its sandwich sales. The amount of money corresponding to the cost of the sandwich ingredients (bread, meat, cheese and produce) is then placed into a Sysco food account.
  3. Even Stevens’ nonprofit partners access the Sysco account and order sandwich ingredients as they need them. A few days later, a truck delivers the order to their doorstep, free of charge.
  4. Staff and volunteers from the nonprofit organizations build and distribute the sandwiches.
  5. Donate Sandwiches With Even Stevens