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.
It's been a few months since we last we last gave you an update, and we have definitely been busy! I'm pleased to announce that we have been growing quickly. The winter months brought with it some major new partners to our hunger relief efforts as Atlas Van Lines and Brookfield Relocation Services joined our Move For Hunger family. Our network now includes nearly 500 moving companies and over 1,500 real estate professionals across 47 states. We've even began to expand into Canada!
As of today, I'm happy to share that Move For Hunger has delivered over 126,000 lbs of food in the first few months of 2013. This is enough to provide almost 97,000 meals to individuals in need. While we are proud of this number, we are just scratching the surface. The need is growing faster than our nation's food banks can respond. Every day, millions of Americans are struggling to put food on the table. We, as a nation, need to be doing more feed our neighbors in need. In a country with so much, it's amazing that we are able to provide so little!
I want to thank you again for your continued support of our cause and for your generous donations over the years. Please remember that hunger isn't just a problem during the holidays, but rather a year-round issue that needs year-round solutions. Move For Hunger has the ability to educate hundreds of thousands of Americans every day about local hunger issues, while providing important support to our nation's food banks.
As spring approaches, I urge you to continue your generous support to help Move For Hunger reach new heights! There are so many ways to get involved this year:
It's been a very busy holiday season here at Move For Hunger. Being that our office is located on the Jersey Shore, we were greatly affected by hurricane Sandy which hit around November 1st. We are so proud to report that our moving partners from all over the country helped deliver food and supplies to the damaged areas in New Jersey and New York. Because of generous donors and supporters, we also were able to raise thousands of dollars that went directly to helping support hurricane victims and food banks who needed extra support because of the storm.
As 2012 comes to an end, we are SO excited to announce we've hit the million pound mark! To date we have delivered 1,083,000 pounds of food to food banks all over the United States and Canada. Our Real Estate program is gaining momentum and we are now working with over 1,500 Real Estate professionals throughout the country and since September we have had 60 events collectoing over 340,000 pounds of food.
Overall we have had a wonderful year and can't wait to kickstart 2013 with more partners and more pounds of food! Help us kick off the New Year!!! Here's how:
Thanks for checking in and we hope to hear from you! Don't for get to like us on Facebook and follow up on Twitter :)
Can you believe it's September already? The year has flown by so fast, yet there's so much more to do to ensure even more Americans go to bed with a good meal in their bellies. I'm pleased to announce that Move For Hunger just turned 3 years old a few weeks ago. In that time we have grown to work with over 350 moving companies and 180 real estate professionals in 44 states across the US. And it's official: we have now delivered over 700,000 lbs of food - which is enough to provide over 500,000 meals to those in need!
We had an incredibly busy summer of food drives. In fact, we held close to 40 food drives between May and August across the country. We're lined up to hold 15 for the month of September and hopefully another 15 for October. These food drives help us raise greater awareness about hunger while engaging different members of the community to take action! If you are interested in holding a food drive, please email Amy at Events@moveforhunger.org
We've launched a Real Estate Program which is rapidly gaining steam. Realtors across the nation are joining our efforts and becoming a force in our hunger relief efforts. Realtors meet with their clients regularly and have a unqiue opportunity to educate them about the needs facing their communities. If you are a realtor interested in joining our fight, Click Here.
We have a lot more fun stuff planned through the holidays and into next year. Remember, we couldn't do what we do without your support!
Thank you again for all your continued support! If you haven't done so already, please follow us on Facebook & Twitter to stay up to date with the latest Move For Hunger news and events!
Talk to you soon!
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