‘Move For Hunger’ Saved 2.4 Million Pounds of Food From People Moving in 2017

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Move For Hunger is a charitable organization dead-set on fighting two unbelievable stats: 42 million Americans (many children) are food insecure, and 40% of all food grown, processed and transported in the United States is wasted.

Move For Hunger recently released their annual report. Inside, it dissects the way both of those statistics are being brought down simply by

connecting the dots. What they target hits home for us as, unfortunately, a huge chunk of food loss occurs during peoples’ moves. From Adam Lowy, their executive director:

Our network, which now includes 840 moving companies, delivered 2.4 million pounds of food last year, more than we ever have before. We organized a record number of food drives, which helped to raise awareness about hunger in hundreds of communities all across the United States and Canada. We launched our Apartment Community Program, and provided thousands of renters in Seattle and San Francisco with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. And, in the final days of December, we recorded another major milestone by delivering our 10 millionth pound of food.

To recap their 2017, that’s:

  • 840+ movers now contributing
  • 300,000 pounds of food going to victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico
  • 4,899 pounds of food saved from apartment communities
  • 4,536 pounds of food saved from corporate housing
  • 204,153 pounds of food from racing events

All of that good comes in addition to the plethora of personal donations that have come their way, both of food and currency. And the best part about helping them to connect the dots is that you have to do next to nothing to join in. Just ask your mover if you can donate the extra food from your pantry.

You can check out this video to see how Move For Hunger works.

9 Awesome Gifts That Give Your Money to Charity

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The craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are officially behind us and we must admit, we scored some awesome deals! But it’s really easy to get swept up in to the “buy, buy, buy” mentality of the holiday season, especially when sales are constantly in your face.

So today, while we’re still going to talk about buying gifts, we’re highlighting gifts that give back in some way or another. Every one of these gits are not only great in their own right, but they are tied to a worthy charity. That way you can feel much better about your holiday shopping. Here are nine of our favorite gifts that give back this holiday season!

Gifts for Him

LSTN Earbuds

Both of our husbands can’t workout without their earbuds providing the motivation. With that in mind, we love the idea of upgrading their headphones to these noise isolating ones from LSTN. Not only are they made with real wood (say what?!), but proceeds help provide hearing aids to people in need.

Bombas Socks

When you’re a kid, getting socks wasn’t the most exciting gift in the world. But now as adults, our husbands and brothers are always asking for cool socks! We love the variety of colors and styles from Bombas, but their mission is even better. Because socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in homeless shelters, for every pair of socks purchased, a pair of socks is donated to the homeless community.

Warby Parker Glasses

Bridget swears by her Warby Parker eyeglasses because they’re budget-friendly and totally on trend. Not only can you gift some upgraded frames to any guy on your list, but you can give the gift of sight through their “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program, which helps those in need around the world.

Gifts for Her

Mon Amie Watches

We each have one of these watches! They’re on trend and are perfect for everyday wear. And while we love the look, we are even more in love with their positive impact. You can choose from five watch styles, with each one directly benefits a unique cause. From clean water, to school supplies from students, you can choose the cause that is nearest and dearest to you when purchasing one of these watches.

TOMS Shoes

If you’ve heard of TOMS, you may already be familiar with the mission behind this progressive shoe comapny. For every pair of shoes purchased, a pair of shoes goes to a person in need. That 1:1 ratio is huge! Even more, in the past few years this brand has really stepped up their game with on-trend styles. We’re both big fans of the TOMS wedge booties and think that any lady in your life would be happy to find these under the tree this year.

Charity Water Candle

You can never have enough candles! We absolutely adore gifting this fragrant home item to many people on our lists. This candle is extra special because all profits go toward providing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Plus, the scent is “crisp, clean white”, which would work in pretty much any household. Everyone loves this gorgeous gift that gives back.

Gifts for Kids

St. Jude Xylophone

How cute is this musically talented monkey? It’s colorful, makes noise, and helps kids with their hand-eye coordination. Win, win, win! This xylophone would be a special gift for any kid in your life, plus all profits benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Colored Organics Clothing

We recently stumbled upon the online store Colored Organics and are smitten with their gorgeous clothing for babies and kids. All of their clothing is made in a safe work environment, without child labor, and with fare wages for employees. But even better, up to 50% of their profits will go toward building orphanages for abandoned children in India.

State Give Back Pack

It’s official, if we were still in school we would totally rock one of these backpacks! With backpacks and lunch boxes in tons of cool colors and patterns (and even some Star Wars backpacks), you can’t go wrong gifting one of these to a child on your shopping list. Bonus points … for each sale, the company delivers a backpack stocked with school supplies to a student in need.


With these nine gift ideas, you can cross those final names off of your holiday shopping list knowing that your buys are helping more than just the lucky gift recipient have a joyful season.

Pulling Trucks for the Special Olympics in Massachusetts

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Charity events can take on many forms, from food drives and softball games to silent auctions and rock concerts in the park. Some donation drives are seasonal. Fundraisers can be one-shot deals or continue all year round. And some, like the one going on this month up in New England, have turned into a full-blown, social event.

Humboldt Storage and Moving of Canton, MA is holding their 6th Annual Truck Pull this October 22nd. Teams of 10 people (or fewer if they’re really tough) will put their strength on display as they pull a series of trucks, including a fire engine and a full-size moving van. The goal? Go as fast as they can over a 25-foot course.

From the Canton Citizen,

“This event is a great way to raise much-needed funds for Special Olympics Massachusetts and have a fun day of team building in the process,” said James Sullivan, president of Humboldt Storage and Moving. “The money we raise goes directly to support some very inspirational athletes and the programs they all deserve.”

With traditional Irish food and drink on hand and a Touch-a-Truck event the whole family can enjoy, this may all just seem like fun and games. But with a team entry fee of $1,000, this is one serious fundraiser. Over the event’s first five years Humboldt has raised more than $75,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts. And it doesn’t look like they’re about to slow down.

Take note, movers. This is yet another example of how reaching out to your community can boost your presence while helping out. It’s a win-win.

Check out Wicked Local Canton for more on this event. And if you’re feeling particularly inspired there’s a registration link at the bottom!

Move For Hunger – and the hungry – Win 5 Years Running

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Since its inception in 2009, Move For Hunger has helped get over 8 million pounds of food to the tables of those who need it. How? It’s simple. They ask people who are moving to set any unwanted food aside, then they pick it up and deliver it to the local food pantry.

Simple, right? But it’s not easy. It takes trucks. It takes manpower. Most of all, it requires a ton of time and effort, not only to do the work but to get the word out to those people who are moving. Without them, the effort goes nowhere.

Move For Hunger has earned various monetary grants to help their trucks moving; the Specialty Food Foundation and the NBC Universal Foundation are just two recent grant providers. To help them continue to get the word out to all those millions of people who move each year, and in turn collect more food for more needy neighbors, Move For Hunger has been presented with a different kind of donation.

For the fifth year in a row, Move For Hunger is the recipient of the J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant. Given by a company named Neotrope, this grant will help Move For Hunger “raise awareness of the charity to traditional media, to the public, as well as potential sponsors and donors, regarding their efforts through press releases and social media marketing.”

A fifth year of assistance in driving their mission forward is great news both for Move For Hunger and all the people they will be able to help feed.

But there’s always more to do. And we can help just by spreading the Move For Hunger word to our own customers. You may know that HireAHelper has been an active partner of Move For Hunger since we were both very young organizations. With the continued help of our mover community, that partnership will remain a part of Move For Hunger’s broad and growing reach.

If you’ve been telling your customers about Move For Hunger, thank you! If you haven’t, no problem. Now is a great time to start.

Working with another charitable cause? Awesome. Tell us about it!

Like Move For Hunger, we too want to be moving more than just stuff. Check out their site at www.moveforhunger.org and make sure to tell your customers to donate their unused food when they’re moving. 

Do You Donate Your Old Appliances? You Should. Here Are the 3 Easiest Ways

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It all happened when we got new appliances for our kitchen. Never had I been more excited for a refrigerator, stove and dishwasher. The day our kitchen appliances were delivered, I eagerly ran home from work to check out my new beauties.

Then it happened. Yep, it’s official.

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Movers Against Domestic Abuse – Meathead Movers

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Helping Abuse Victims To Safety

We speak often of offering our resources to help out the needy in our communities – hauling unwanted furniture to Goodwill, donating food, simply pitching in wherever we can to provide a little stress-reduction and financial relief and maybe some smiles too. This month we take a look at one company that is helping provide all of that – and much, much more. (more…)

Go Green: 5 Eco-Friendly Moving Tips

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Going Green….It isn’t just the “cool” thing to do, it’s the RIGHT thing to do. Here are 5 tips to make your move a little less harmful on the environment.

 

1. Donate Items

IMG_1934When you’re packing up your belongings, you’re probably going to be ditching quite a bit of stuff. Instead of tossing everything into the garbage (& your local landfill), think about donating your clothing, furniture, and gently-used items. Do your part in the “reduce, re-use, recycle” motto and find a new home for your old items. Not sure where to take a specific item? Check out this comprehensive donation guide. (more…)

Let’s Get Organized: Where to Donate?

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Since the beginning of the year we’ve slowly eased you into getting your home organized. Last week, we provided plenty of tips to help you de-clutter any problem areas in your house. Now that you have a big pile o’ stuff, it’s time to give it away and donate it to a good cause.

There are so many worthy organizations that desperately need donations, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to donate your goods.  Don’t worry, we did the dirty work for you and have a nice list of nationwide donation centers that will happily accept your used items.

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Real People: How StoragePost Served Us And Our Community

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Photo of Caroline CasettiThis is a true story, written by 30-something wife and mom, Caroline Casetti of Atlanta, GA. It is the newest post in our Real People series. Enjoy!

How Self-Storage Can Impact Your Life and the Community

I began the process of relocating from Texas to Decatur, Georgia with my husband last year. Attempting to pack the many items that we owned, I realized that I had two options – sell the excess stuff or store it. I went online in search of a storage facility located near our new place and decided to go with StoragePost.

I think it’s important to choose a storage facility where you feel comfortable visiting. The aspects that ultimately influenced my decision were the location, amount of security, and the climate-controlled conditions. If you’re anything like me, you may also be curious to know which companies give a portion of their profits to charity. After searching online, I came across details of the community events that StoragePost takes part in.

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