A focus of the 2013 Community Partnership Campaign is food security and waste, and it includes a series of nearly 100 employee volunteer events that will be held around the world before, during and after World Food Day on October 16. In 2012, BNY Mellon and its employees contributed more than $1.2 million, the equivalent of 6 million meals to food related charities around the world.
During the 2013 campaign, employees will also be partnering with Canstruction®, an international nonprofit, to build giant structures out of canned food in five of its largest cities. All the food items used to build them will be donated to local food banks. BNY Mellon expects its structures to contribute more than 12,000 pounds of food and help its community partners provide approximately 9,000 meals to people who are hungry.
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The first apple tree in the U.S. was planted in Boston in 1625. Today, enough apples are produced in the U.S. every year to circle the earth more than 30 times, but there are still people who do not have access to fresh fruit and vegetables.
Working with Canstruction®, BNY Mellon's employees in Boston will build an apple on October 23 to represent the importance of ensuring that everyone has access to fresh produce.
The apple will be made of 3,124 cans of food that will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank, which provides healthy and safe food to more than 545,000 people each year who do not have enough to eat in Eastern Massachusetts.
Every day, more than 3,000 tons of food waste are sent to Hong Kong's landfills while one-fifth of the city's population is living in poverty and facing hunger.
Working with Canstruction®, BNY Mellon's employees in Hong Kong will build a rice bowl on October 18 to spotlight the importance of minimizing food waste. The bowl's design is inspired by BNY Mellon's lead sponsorship of the largest Andy Warhol exhibition ever held in Asia, currently in Beijing.
The rice bowl will be made of 2,102 cans of food that will be donated to Food Angel, which collects surplus food from major hotels, restaurants and food producers, prepares meal boxes and distributes them to people who are struggling with poverty and hunger.
Recent figures show that 85 percent of the world's fisheries are exploited, with retailers struggling to keep up with consumer demand. Despite these figures, the global seafood market is set to grow another 50 million tons by 2025.
Working with Canstruction®, BNY Mellon's employees in London will build a fish on October 21 to highlight the issue of sustainability in the fishing industry.
The fish will be made of 2,160 cans of food that will be donated to FareShare, a food redistribution charity based in London.
New York City is a national model for community garden initiatives at the grass-roots level. The city's green spaces offer fresh fruits and vegetables for local populations and educate communities on gardening and nutrition.
Working with Canstruction®, BNY Mellon's employees in New York will build an apple tree on October 24 to represent these community gardens and the ongoing search for sustainable food solutions throughout New York City.
The apple tree will be made of 6,000 cans of food that will be donated to City Harvest, which collects excess food from restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers and farms and delivers it to community food programs throughout New York City.
The world produces enough food to adequately nourish everyone on the planet, but approximately one-third of the food produced for humans is never eaten. Food waste in landfills contributes to global warming by creating methane gas, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Working with Canstruction®, BNY Mellon's employees in Pittsburgh will build a globe on October 21 to spotlight the fact that hunger touches every community and nation around the world, and that food waste represents a critical problem for the environment.
The globe will be made of 3,280 cans of food that will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to help fight hunger in the Pittsburgh area.