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.
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.
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…)
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
When 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…)
This is awesome Post #1 in our new DIY Corner series, brought to you by the creative ladies over at The DIY Playbook. Thanks for celebrating DIY Thursday with us!
So you’re moving out of your home or apartment and you have a million things on your mind, not to mention your to-do list is a mile long. I know, I know. I’ve been there. But I have something that you can add to that to-do list that is actually kinda fun. (Yes, I did just put “fun” and “to-do list” in the same sentence.)
The Welcome Home Gift Idea
Why not get some good karma going before that upcoming move of yours, and leave a little something for the new owners/renters of your place? It will take minimal time and money, and it will leave you feeling like a million bucks.
Have you ever moved and had a lot of leftover, unopened food that you ended up throwing away? Move For Hunger, founded by the Lowy family of Neptune NJ, was created to help starving families all over America. By networking an ever growing nationwide network of moving companies, Move For Hunger collects donated, unopened foods from families moving out of their homes and transports them to local food banks. Covering over 30 states and growing, Move For Hunger is quickly becoming an important source of food donations for many food banks.
Take a look at their coverage map (above) to find a mover near you that you can donate your extras to. Any amount helps out a family in need! All you have to do is contact a mover and they’ll come out to pack up the foods you want to donate or let you pack it. If you’re planning on moving, or will be moving sometime in the future, please remember Move For Hunger and donate your unneeded and unopened food. We admire Move For Hunger’s goal of helping to feed starving families in America!
What are some other creative ways you’ve seen people or organizations helping to meet needs in their community?
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