Spring is a time of renewal, of flowers and sunshine, and the countdown to summer. But for many in America, it begins a time of uncertainty. According to the USDA, 21 million children rely on free or reduced-fee lunches for their nutritional needs on an average school day. When the school year ends, hunger sets in and these children often go without the food they need to thrive. The Move For Hunger network increases activity during the warmer months, when the majority of relocations and moves occur, ensuring additional deliveries of food donations to food banks across the country. This year Move For Hunger is thrilled to be expanding partnership and additional donation opportunities to the Corporate Housing Industry as we announce a new charity partnership with The Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA), a professional trade association exclusively dedicated to supporting corporate housing providers around the world. Corporate housing is fully furnished temporary housing, typically in an apartment setting. Professional providers coordinate these “units” to include furniture, house wares, amenities, cable, phone, electric, water, etc., usually at one inclusive cost to the company and typically for over 30 days. In March, Move For Hunger announced the first partnership with corporate housing provider, SuiteAmerica. SuiteAmerica locations in Washington D.C. have committed to support the hungry by providing a collection container for non-perishable food items, giving clients the option to donate unwanted food upon checking-out. Bargain Movers Inc. of Maryland will be providing their services to transport and deliver the donated food directly to local food banks. The service is free to customers, and turns every extended stay into an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, simply by donating non-perishables upon checking out.
Food drives are a great way to get involved! Visit the Move For Hunger webpage for more information on how to hold a food drive in your community. Move For Hunger makes it easy to make a big difference with just a few small steps. We will send you boxes, create fliers, and even send a moving truck to deliver all the donations to your local food bank.
Here's a wonderful example of how you can make a difference:
More than 168,000 people in the state of Oklahoma are living on incomes that put them at risk of hunger each month. Nearly 40% of those at risk are children. With these startling statistics in mind, our friends at the Broken Arrow Public Schools launched their second annual district wide food drive. The schools teamed up with Accent Moving and Storage for this event. Thanks to their hard work, 12,528 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated to the local food bank. Their collections will provide 10,440 meals to those in need in Tulsa County, OK.
Thank you to all our supporters who are making a difference in the fight against hunger in their community!
Hello! This month I want to share with you some very exciting work we have been doing here at Move For Hunger. Several weeks ago, I attended the Alliance To End Hunger National Hunger Free Communities Summit and also the FRAC (Food Research and Action Center) and Feeding America annual conference, both in Washington, DC. Community leaders involved in hunger free initiatives from around the country gathered for four days of discussions, collaborations, and education. To quote a speaker of the conference: "More than 50 million people nationwide are unsure where their next meal will come from. This issue is too large for any one organization to tackle on its own, so collaboration is necessary to maximize efforts and make the greatest impact." This is where Move For Hunger's mission is so crucial. The fight against hunger needs to be an all hands involved issue. Our growing network of movers, real estate agents, and relocation professionals, along with YOUR support allows us to grow our network, organize more food drives, and deliver more food to local food banks. I was thrilled to catch up in person with representatives from food banks all across the United States whom we work every day to support. The last day of the conference, I, along with representatives from three food banks in New Jersey, met with congressional representatives of New Jersey on Capitol Hill for a day of advocacy and hunger awareness. What a thrilling experience!
We have a very easy opportunity for YOU to help us grow! Move For Hunger has the opportunity to receive $10,000 from the KIND snacks organization as part of DO the KIND thing Projects. We just need votes, that's it! Click here to follow the link. Vote with a kind act and share for additional votes! We appreciate this act of kindness in helping us continue to grow. This prize will provide Move For Hunger additional resources needed to increase the numer of nationwide hunger relief efforts and food drives organized annually.
As I write this, another snowstorm is barreling down on the East Coast. It's easy on days like this to lose prospective -social media is again filled with grumblings of the harsh winter, delayed openings, and slushy drives to work. But as I sit in the warmth of the office, I look down at my hot cup of tea in hand, the breakfast sandwich in front of me, lunch for today tucked away in the refrigerator and I know just how great these fortunes are. My mind goes to the 50 million Americans struggling to find their next meal and the 17 million American children that go to bed hungry every night, and know that too many families tonight will make a choice between heat or a meal for the table. Food insecurity is a year-round issue affecting millions of families and individuals across the country. That is why the entire Move For Hunger team and network continue to raise the bar in the fight against hunger.
When we founded Move For Hunger 4 years ago, we set some bold, audacious goals. One of them was to reach a point where we were collecting 1,000,000 lbs of food every single year. Fast forward to 2013. Thanks to the tireless support of our partners, movers, realtors, volunteers and generous donors, I am proud to report that in 2013 Move For Hunger delivered more than 1.3 MILLION POUNDS of food to food banks and pantries across North America.
I'd like to share with you a few highlights from last year and our goals for 2014. In 2013, an overwhelming number of you visited our website and let us know you were ready to Get Involved. Together we organized over 300 events - feeding hundreds of thousands of people. In 2014, we have set a goal to organize 400 food drives. Please continue to spread the word about getting involved and making an impact in your community. Be a part of the solution.
Together we continue to make giving back the standard for the relocation industry. In 2013, our network grew to work with over 560 moving companies and 5,000 real estate professionals across the US and Canada. Their efforts have moblized hundreds of communities to take action in our fight against hunger each and every day. In 2014, we look to add another 280 moving companies to commit to the cause. Know someone that is moving? Spread the word to use a mover that is giving back.
We are proud of all we have accomplished in 2013. But we know there is still so much to do in 2014. This year will be a year of growth. A year of collaboration. A year of fun, and creativity, and doing! Please join us this year. Make a donation. Advocate. Get involved! You can make a difference in your community. How will you help us change the statistics?