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Even Stevens Lives Up to its Name With its “Eat to Give” Plan

On Aug. 30, Even Stevens opened for business in Downtown Chandler.

The craft casual sandwich shop, which is the seventh location in Arizona for the Salt Lake City-based company, is attracting a lot of repeat customers who enjoy Even Stevens’ delicious variety of sandwiches.

From the Pot Roast Dip, featuring turkey pot roast, Swiss cheese, red onion and locally made jalapeno jelly served on a tasty baguette, to the Jackfruit Torta, with jackfruit carnitas, pepitas, guacamole and lots of other ingredients piled up on a sweet bun, customers are finding plenty of things to love on the menu.

But as Joseph Temple, the general manager of the Chandler location notes, Even Stevens does more than feed the hungry patrons who come in looking for a scrumptious sandwich. Thanks to its Eat to Give program, Even Stevens donates the equivalent of one sandwich for every sandwich it sells to local charities.

“We are working with four local nonprofits in Chandler: My Sister’s Place, ICAN, Paz de Cristo and AZCEND,” Temple says, adding that every Even Stevens restaurant throughout Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Colorado strives to find local charities to work with so they can impact the communities where the restaurants are located.

Rather than fix, box up and deliver a quantity of physical sandwiches every week or month, Even Stevens has come up with an effective and efficient way to donate to the four local nonprofits.

“At the end of each month, we count up how many sandwiches we have sold and donate 54 cents per sandwich to the nonprofits,” Temple says, adding that the funds for sandwich-making ingredients like bread, meat and cheese are placed into a Sysco food account. “The nonprofits can then go in and order the food items that they need in bulk, at wholesale costs.”

Within a few days, the sandwich ingredients are delivered to the nonprofits, absolutely free of charge.

Michael McHenry, president of Even Stevens, says a high level of due diligence goes into selecting the charitable partners.

“As we are courting them, we interview the organizations like we would a business partner,” he says.

As part of its dedication to the local community, McHenry says no two Even Stevens look the same.

“We are very localized and want to offer everyone a place where they can come to break bread,” he says, adding that he is thrilled to have an Even Stevens location in Downtown Chandler.

“We have been attracted to Chandler for a while; it is just a darling town with a great sense of community.”

Even though Even Stevens has not been open for that long in Chandler, business is already going very well.

“We could not have asked for a warmer welcome from the community,” Temple says. “Not a day goes by without customers telling us, ‘What you are doing is wonderful, the food is amazing, and I will be back.’”

Even Stevens is located at 11 W. Boston St., Suite 3, Chandler. For more information call 480.305.0127 or visit EvenStevens.com.