Help Us Fight Hunger Across America

 
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We want to introduce you to an amazing girl and our friend Seraya.  Seraya is riding on the TransAmerica Bicycle Tour from the east coast of Virginia to the west coast of Washington, totaling 4,305 miles.  For 3 months, Seraya is pedaling across the country with a group of 14 cyclists, all while spreading the word about hunger in the local communities that she is traveling through. Her journey began on May 3rd and is scheduled to end on August 3rd. We are so grateful that Seraya has decided to dedicate her cross country bike trek as a ride against hunger. When asked why she wanted to help a charity like ours on this adventure, her response says it all  - “There are so many organizations that we are asked to support and I believe in all of those programs, but so much of it goes to research and I wanted to find something that went directly to a movement that will help the people. Hunger in America seems hard to believe when most of us are surrounded by an abundance of food and so often we are tempted by over indulgence. The facts are that 1 in 6 Americans, approximately 50 million people, go to bed hungry. Everyone should have the opportunity to eat when they are hungry, and by supporting an organization like Move For Hunger, we can organize more food drives and spread the food into the right hands.”

Her goal for the ride is $2 a mile, totaling approximately $9,600. She's already raised over $4,000 and we are so thrilled to have her partner with us in the fight against hunger. Also, thanks to modern technology we are able to follow her on this cross country journey. Her blog is just as awesome as she is: http://moveforhunger.org/serayas-ride/.

Here at Move For Hunger we are proud to have Seraya as one of our supporters. Her dedication to the cause and enthusiastic attitude are contagious and we wish her the best of luck on this amazing adventure. Good luck Seraya and thank you for your support!

Want to dedicate your own race, ride, or adventure to make an impact on hunger in America?  Contact kristy@moveforhunger.org today, we would love to hear your ideas.

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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.

"SuiteAmerica has always believed in being a responsible corporate citizen," says Lorna Bosco, SuiteAmerica National Relocation Business Manager. "This partnership with Move For Hunger was a natural fit. We are providing our clients with a very easy opportunity to give back. Now when clients check-out they will have an option to leave their food vs. throwing it out - they can leave knowing their food will be donated to the local food bank and that they are making an important contribution to hunger in the community. We are pleased to be the first corporate housing provider to partner with Move For Hunger and look forward to rolling this program out in locations across the United States."
Lend a Hand Today!

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!

 

Move For Hunger at DC Alliance To End Hunger
Move For Hunger at DC Alliance To End Hunger

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. 

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2013 Year In Review
2013 Year In Review

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.

Looking Ahead

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.

Last year Move For Hunger was thrilled to be recognized and honored for our work.  For all of you that contributed with support for Move For Hunger - we share in these moments together with you. We are proud and humbled to say that Adam Lowy, Move For Hungers founder and Executive Director, has been named to the prestigious list by Forbes Magazine of the 30 people under 30 that are making waves in their respective industries..

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?

January visit to Long Island Cares foodbank
January visit to Long Island Cares foodbank
CanTree Collection 71,000lbs of food was delivered
CanTree Collection 71,000lbs of food was delivered

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Mergenthaler Food Drive
Mergenthaler Food Drive

 

Happy Turkey Day! 

It’s no wonder why so many people find the holiday season to be their favorite time of year. What’s not to enjoy about days filled with feasting, gifts and reunions with family and loved ones? With all the merrymaking going on, its hard not to think of those that are less fortunate than ourselves. 

For many, the old proverb that “It is better to give than to receive” holds true all year round. All across Move For Hunger's network, the true spirit of the holiday season is already in full gear. In the past 2 months alone, we have teamed up with local businesses, schools and individauls to organize over 60 food drives and hunger awareness events across the United States and Canada. 

Individuals and organizations of all shapes and sizes have reached out to join our fight against hunger resulting in 207 events so far in 2013 (surpassing last year’s total of 173 with our busiest months yet to go!). That means thousands more life saving meals for struggling families in need. We are just 43 drives short of our yearly goal of 250 food drives! 

One Of Our Favorites

People of all ages have taken action this fall to fight hunger in their communities.  In October we received a call from Manam Nagi of Virginia.  She was getting ready to celebrate her son's first birthday and wanted to turn his birthday party into a giant food drive. Apparently you're never too young to do good in the world :)   Gio's First Food Drive was a HUGE success, and collected over 880 lbs. for their local food bank. Our local moving partner donated boxes and transporation to assist in the drive.  Thanks to selfless actions of Gio's mother and the little guy's friends, more than 700 people will receive a wholesome meal this holiday season.
We are also very happy to report that we've officially delivered over 2,230,000 lbs. of food to food banks and pantries across N. America.  This provides over 1,858,333 meals to individuals in need.

Want to help the hungry in your community this Holiday season? We’ve got easy ways for you to lend a hand. Visit our Get Involved page to start planning your own drive that will bring in lifesaving meals for people in need. With nearly 600 moving companies across the United States and Canada involved with Move For Hunger, chances are we’ll have a dedicated partner in your area to help out with transportation for the food drive. Or you can hold a fundraiser or awareness event if a food drive isn't your thing.
And if that’s not easy enough for you, swing by our store to purchase a Move For Hunger T-Shirt or Hooded Sweatshirt. Not only will you be looking great in your fresh outfit, but also all proceeds from the shirt sales support our fight against hunger! How great is that?
Wishing you all a Happy Turkey Day!
Fill A Truck
Fill A Truck
Abbey Park High School Students Fight Hunger
Abbey Park High School Students Fight Hunger
Harris Teeter Fill A Truck
Harris Teeter Fill A Truck
Asbury Park Zombie Walk Food Drive
Asbury Park Zombie Walk Food Drive

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Kristy Redford

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Neptune, New Jersey United States

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