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.
Move For Hunger – and the hungry – Win 5 Years Running
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; theSpecialty Food Foundation and theNBC 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 theJ.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.
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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.
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