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.
Our favorite charitable organization hits the road!
Adam Lowy (right), exec director of ‘Move for Hunger’, and Jason Taetsch, PR director, load food that his group collected for the Monmouth-Ocean Food Bank….Bob Bielk/Asbury Park Press-7/25/11-Neptune
In the course of packing up and moving out of their homes people generally have three major questions: (1) When did I accumulate all this crap? (2) Which box is the remote control in? and (3) What am I supposed to do with all this leftover food?
We prefer to remain silent on #1, if we did your packing we can help with #2, and we are only too happy to give you a hand with #3. And by this we don’t mean we’ll eat your leftover food. Instead, we’d love to introduce you to Move For Hunger, the non-profit organization we’ve been proud to share an industry with for the past several years.
As this article in the Asbury Park (NJ) Press explains, last year alone Move for Hunger “helped deliver 65,000 pounds of donations to food banks in Monmouth and Ocean counties, enough to provide 54,000 meals.” Adam Lowy, the organization’s founder and executive director, adds that nationwide they were able to keep well over one million pounds of food from being thrown out, redirecting it instead to food banks and other resources aimed at helping those in need. (more…)
On our last exciting adventure I told you all about a company called Move For Hunger – they collect canned food to benefit local food banks and feed hungry Americans. Today I am reporting that Move For Hunger’s crew just completed a road trip across America collecting food and visiting food banks! You can check out quick video updates from each stop and read Adam’s thoughts on his experiences at their Mover For Hunger Events page. Their last stop was Phoenix, AZ before heading home, back east. Please do your best to help the starving people of America and donate to your local food bank or contact the people at Move For Hunger. Even a little bit can go a long way!
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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