As we turn another page on the calendar and welcome August, families are embracing the last few weeks of the carefree days of summer. For many of us, these weeks are filled with beach days, pool fun, parties and barbeques. But for the more than 17 million children struggling with hunger in America, these last few weeks of vacation are a very different picture. Without the benefit of free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, the long summer months are the cause of anxiety and uncertainty about where their next meal will come from; hunger does not take a summer vacation. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 21 million children rely on the free and reduced school meals when school is in session. These meals provide a security that children are receiving at least one nutritious and stable meal. When school is out, the security of that meal is also over. Over the past years, there has been movement and an increase in Summer Food Service Programs but there is still a severe shortage of ways to ensure all children are receiving meals.
Since our founding Move For Hunger has now delivered over 5 million pounds of food to those in need, that is enough to feed 92,593 school buses filled with children. There is still time for you to take action before the end of summer and help us to deliver more food to those who so badly need it. Our team will provide you with all the tools that you need to hold a food drive, fundraise, and advocate to fight hunger in your community. This past July, the Move For Hunger network delivered nearly 25,000 pounds of food to food banks nationwide. With your support, we can double that in the month of August. Please contact our Events Manager, Erika@moveforhunger.org to hold a food drive in your office or community. Every child deserves carefree days without the worry of hunger.
Every day the team here at Move For Hunger continues to be astonished by the amazing work of our partners in the moving industry. Not only are they collecting food during moves on a daily basis, they are community leaders that continually support and give back to their communities.
On Thursday, April 9th the Midwest fell victim to a massive array of at least 14 tornadoes. In Illinois, eight tornadoes ravaged through the state, the largest resulting in two fatalities and 22 injuries in Fairdale, IL. Sadly the storm destroyed 30 houses in Fairdale and significantly damaged at least 50 more.
In the wake of this destruction, our amazing movers Blackhawk Moving and Storage and Fort Dearborn Relocation sprung into action collecting food and items for those in need. Not only did they raise 940 pounds of food donations, Blackhawk and Fort Dearborn collected blankets, water, flashlights, work gloves, and 16-foot storage containers. The storage containers were positioned around homes that were severely damaged, as people were trying to salvage what they could of their belongings but had no where to put them. The donations collected were delivered to the Kirkland Fire Department, who have been organizing the relief efforts in Fairdale.
The fire department heading the relief efforts began to run out of room to store all the donations. Blackhawk and Fort Dearborn stepped in to assist, providing two 51-foot moving trailers to help out with storage.
Our partners help get people what they need, at a time when they need it the most...and that is Move For Hunger.
Today Wednesday, May 13th, GlobalGiving is matching every single online donation between 9:00amEST and midnight. That means that your donation will have double the impact! Please add "Help Fight Hunger" to your calendar today. Your support will make a difference in your community and to the 50 million Americans that struggle with hunger.
It might only be March but the Move For Hunger team is already on our way to making 2015 a record year. We want to thank all of our generous donors, enthusiastic volunteers, and committed partners that have helped expand our mission to reduce food waste and alleviate hunger. We have a tireless network of moving companies, realtors, corporate housing professionals, and relocation companies who go out every day and transform moving into an opportunity to help those in need. Together with all of our supporters we have just delivered over 4.5 MILLION pounds of food to those in need, that's enough for over 4 MILLION meals.
The issues of food waste and hunger are only growing. By working together, we can do better. The USDA estimates that 30-40% of food grown, processed, and transported in America will never be consumed, but rather end up in an landfill. If every one of us made a commitment to reducing food waste, more of our nation's food can go to families in need, not the landfill.
Ready to get involved this year? Here are a few simple ways!
MOVING or KNOW SOMEONE THAT IS MOVING?Our network now includes over 600 moving companies, tens of thousands of realtors, some of the world's largest relocation companies, and a brand new corporate housing program. For those moving, our website serves as an invaluable resource to find socially responsible moving companies to hire for your relocation needs. Together we can transform relocation into an opportunity to reduce food waste and feed the hungry.
GET SOCIAL - Use that phone we all rely on for good! State senators, congressman, and other government officials rely on communication from you when making policy decisions. Write an email or call your elected official and tell them you support funding for the Federal SNAP program and the child nutrition reauthorization. Take action and spread awareness by using the hastag #MoveForHunger on social media! This past February, the Move For Hunger team joined the NJ Anti Hunger Coalition in Washington DC educating members of Congress about hunger and the need to strengthen legislation. You have the power to make a difference on Capitol Hill!
RUN, RUN, RUN! Team Move For Hunger is a national fundraising program, dedicated to raising awareness of hunger. The funds raised by Team Move For Hunger enable us to continue the expansion of our hunger relief programs. Team Move For Hunger is open to any and all runners regardless of age, type of race or skill level. It doesn't matter if you are just starting out or a seasoned marathoner, you can turn your race into a run against hunger.
We know that we still have a ton yet to accomplish. This year will be a year of awareness, collaboration, and impact. It will also be a year of adventures as we visit new cities, create new partnerships, run new races, and share peoples stories. Thank you for being a part of our journey as we continue to fight against hunger in this country everyday.
Thank you. We can't say it enough. Whether you held a food drive, donated financially, volunteered your time, or helped Move For Hunger spread our message of awareness, you are the reason we have been able to feed so many people in the past five years. Together we've accomplished huge milestones that include over 820 food drives organized, more than 4,000,000 pounds of food rescued and delivered, and over 3,000,000 meals provided to those struggling with hunger.
With a growing network of hundreds of moving companies, thousands of realtors, and countless volunteers, Move For Hunger is putting more food on the shelves of food banks and into the hands of hungry men, women, and children. On this, our fifth year of service, we are proud to celebrate these accomplishments with you....but we know there is still so much work to be done.
Nobody should have to make the difficult choice between paying their heating bill or purchasing food to feed their children. We want to continue to make sure that everyone has enough to eat, not just during the holidays, but all year round. For the 50 million Americans that are going to bed hungry each night, having enough food to eat is the most precious gift of all. Move For Hunger is working to ensure that less food goes to waste and more is delivered directly to those most in need. Thank you for supporting our mission with your generous donation. Happy Holidays from the Move For Hunger family to yours.
As the seasons turn here on the East Coast and kids are back to school, we know the holidays are right around the corner. For many in America, the holidays are another painful reminder of the hunger they live with each day. Currently 17 million children go to bed hungry each night. YOU can do something about it! Move For Hunger makes it easy to make a big difference in your community and there is no better time than now to get involved.
Each year Move For Hunger organizes hundreds of food drives across the country. We will send you boxes, create fliers, and even send a moving truck to deliver all the donations to your local food bank. Food drives are great team building activities for employees, schools, sports teams, college organizations, clubs, or corporate offices, and they provide crucial support to food banks all over the country. Contact Dan@moveforhunger.org today about holding a food drive in your community!
Plan on sending out holiday cards this year? Spread your good wishes while fighting hunger. This year Move For Hunger is launching a holiday card program to give supporters the opportunity to do just that. Express your thanks to your valued customers, associates, friends and family all while supporting hunger relief in North America. 20% of your order will go directly to Move For Hunger.
Are you a runner or walker? Turn your miles into meals this fall by joining TEAM Move For Hunger. Team Move For Hunger is a national fundraising program, dedicated to raising awareness to the often overlooked crisis of hunger in North America. Team Move For Hunger is open to any and all runners regardless of age or skill level. It doesn't matter if you are just starting on your first 5k, running in a themed run, or you're a seasoned marathoner; you can turn your race into a run against hunger.
To date, Move For Hunger has delivered over 3,700,000 million pounds of food to food banks across the country, that's over 3,000,000 meals directly to those in need. But we didn't and can't do it alone. Join us today in helping to fight hunger in the community you live.
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