MCLEAN, Va. — Hilton is expanding its food donation initiative to all of its hotels across the U.S. and Canada — representing one of the largest hotel food-donation programs to date.
The company expects to donate nearly 100 tons of food over the next year, while also preventing millions of pounds of food waste from ending in landfills.
“We have a century-long tradition at Hilton of playing a pioneering role in the hospitality industry, and it is inspiring to see our team members taking that spirit out into their communities to address the serious problem of food insecurity,” says chef Marc Ehrler, vice-president of Americas Culinary, Hilton.
Hilton has also included a commitment to reduce its food waste by 50 per cent by 2020 as part of the company’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals to cut its environmental footprint in half. Working with its environmental partner, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Hilton undertook pilots at 50 hotels around the world to better understand food-waste reduction challenges and opportunities in the hospitality industry.
“At Hilton, we have incredible potential to solve some of society’s most pressing challenges through our hospitality mission,” says Katie Fallon, executive vice-president of Corporate Affairs. “We will keep at this until every one of our hotels around the world is diverting food waste to address the hunger crisis, so that our guests know that when they stay with us, they are travelling with a purpose.”