Take a moment to absorb this shocking statistic: 34 million tons of food in the United States is thrown away every year. Reducing U.S. food waste by just 15 percent would help feed an estimated 25 million Americans, or roughly half of those who don't have access to enough food.
Now in its eighth year, Alcoa’s Month of Service encourages employees around the globe to make a difference in their communities. While Alcoans are participating in a variety of events throughout October, many are drawn to environmental causes – planting trees, implementing recycling programs, and teaching the next generation how to preserve the planet.
It is estimated that globally 1.3 billion tons of food goes to waste every year. In addition to the burden this places on landfills and incinerators, when organic matter like food scraps decompose in the same space as other trash, it creates large quantities of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas.