Komal Ahmad runs the non profit organization Feeding Forward that aims at pairing up businesses with excess food and close by homeless shelters. Through a website and mobile app, Feeding Forward matches businesses that have surplus food with nearby homeless shelters. Here's how it works: when companies or event planners have surplus food, they tap the Feeding Forward app and provide details of their donation. A driver is dispatched to quickly pick up the leftovers and deliver them to food banks.
"Imagine a football stadium filled to its brim," Ahmad said. "That's how much food goes wasted every single day in America."
Leftovers fill 18 percent of landfills and make up over 30 million tons of what is sent to dumps each year. When cut off from oxygen, the organic matter creates methane gas and contributes to global warming.
If these stats shock you, know that there are programs out there like this that we can all contribute to toward saving our planet and feeding the world.