May 15, 2012

Alcoa and SecondBite team up to feed the masses

Alcoa employees are once again teaming up with award winning and innovative food redistribution charity SecondBite as part of their ongoing employee volunteering program.
 
Alcoa Point Henry, with the assistance of BacLinks (Business and Community Links), has an established calendar of community involvement for 2012, giving employees the opportunity to volunteer during work hours for a range of interesting projects during the year.
 
On Thursday 17th May 2012, Alcoa volunteers will work from the SecondBite warehouse in Moolap, assisting staff to sort nutritious surplus fresh food and produce from primary producers, wholesalers, distributors, markets, supermarkets and independent retailers. Then, they will assist SecondBite with the safe and timely redistribution of the food to local Geelong community food programs that provide food for people in need.
 
“Alcoa’s employees have embraced the volunteer day with enthusiasm and gusto,” said SecondBite Geelong Coordinator Ben Hill.
In 2011, SecondBite had an incredible year reaching their goal of rescuing and redistributing one million kilograms of fresh food to the community. Without this support thousands of people would go without a daily meal (www.secondbite.org).
 
SecondBite continues to develop innovative food security research and programs, and in 2012, plans to double their efforts from last year and provide two million kilograms of fresh food to the community, enough for more than four million meals to people who would otherwise go without (SecondBite Annual Report 2011).
 
According to Alcoa Point Henry Smelter Human Resource Business Partner David Monahan, Alcoa’s employees are keen to contribute to Second Bite’s impact in Geelong once again after volunteering in June 2011.
 
“Our employees value the time spent with SecondBite because it allows them to give back to the community and increase Geelong’s sustainability at the same time” he said.
 
BacLinks Manager Sheree Holdsworth added that “Alcoa’s community engagement program is an ideal model for other community minded businesses to follow. It allows for projects that are mutually beneficial for both parties and ensures strong outcomes for the involved community agencies.”
 
The two organisations are partnered by BacLinks, an initiative of Karingal that educates, supports and creates opportunities for business and community to engage with each other for mutual benefit. They do this by coordinating projects that involve employee volunteering, the donation of goods and services and the sharing of resources and knowledge.