‘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.

Move For Hunger!

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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.

Screenshot of Move For Hunger Coverage Map

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!

Also, if you are a moving company interested in partnering with Move For Hunger, I’m sure they’d love to add you to their network.

What are some other creative ways you’ve seen people or organizations helping to meet needs in their community?

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