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!
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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?
Greetings from Asbury Park!
Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! September is typically known as Back To School Month but we know it as Hunger Action Month. Lately, we've been pushing a campaign called #VisualizeHunger. The campaign is meant to highlight the impact of hunger in our communities during the summer - one of the most critical times for our naiton's hungry. If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, check it out, and SHARE a post about it on your facebook or twitter page. Don't forget to tag us with @MoveForHunger and #VisualizeHunger.
We're just past our halfway point through 2013, and I'm pleased to share some exciting updates with you:
I want to thank you all for your generous support in helping us get this far! Please continue to help us reach our goals by making a donation during Hunger Action Month!
Any donor of $50 or more this month will receive a Move For Hunger T-Shirt - and they're pretty good looking if I do say so myself :)
We also ask that you work with us to organize a food drive this fall. CLICK HERE for some good ideas to get started. We'll provide you with fliers, collection boxes, and even send a moving truck to pick up your donations and bring them to your local food bank. Yup - It's that easy!
Move For Hunger has grown tremendously over the past 4 years. We couldn't do what we do without the support of donors like you. Thank you again for believing in our cause, and we look forward to finishing out 2013 strong!
Hunger is on everyone's mind during the holiday season, but for the millions of hungry children across the country, the summer months are a time of immense difficulty. Over 31 million children receive free or subsidized meals during the school day. For many, that is the only meals they have access to all day long. With no access to the subsidized meals, the millions of children that are home from school in the summer are forced to rely on food banks and pantries to find their next meal. This influx of need quickly depletes the food supply of hunger relief agencies in towns both big and small.
That's why at Move For Hunger, we ramp up our hunger relief efforts when the temperatures are on the rise. Our newest Real Estate partner, Prominent Properties Sotheby's International, held their first food drive across 11 offices in northern New Jersey with the goal of raising 1,000 lbs. Within one week they had already reached 1,000 lbs. and set their sights on a new goal of 5,000 lbs.
In May, 14 of our movers participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. Thanks to the generous efforts of our moving partners, they delivered over 400,000 lbs. of food to food banks across the US. The support of our movers saved the food banks from spending thousands of dollars on transportation costs, which means they can spend their money providing meals to the less fortuante, instead of using it on gas, insurance and trucks.
We also had our first district wide food drive in the school system of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where 25 different schools and 17,000 students participated in a food drive that brought in over 25,000 lbs. of food for the local food pantry. Their efforts provided over 20,000 meals to the less fortunate of Oklahoma and thousands of young people got involved in the fight against hunger! Want to get your school involved? Contact us today!
It's been an incredibly busy first half of 2013, thanks to the generous support of our donors and partners we are proud to announce that the Move For Hunger network has delivered over 1,900,000 lbs. of food to food banks.
Stay tuned to MoveForHunger.org to learn more about our upcoming events or get involved in the fight against hunger.
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