Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger transforms moving into an opportunity to reduce food waste and help feed the hungry.
Nov 28, 2016

What I'm Thankful For

We are thankful for YOU - the everyday people help
We are thankful for YOU - the everyday people help

The holidays are here, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you all the things I am thankful for this year. 

I am thankful for my family: They are always there for me and made me who I am today. Even more, I was lucky enough to marry the girl of my dreams this year!

I am thankful for my friends: I've met so many amazing people from all across the globe. They keep me inspired, humble, and motivated to continue to press on with the important work we're doing.

I am thankful for my staff and our interns: I wish you all could see how hard they work behind-the-scenes. Our team may be small, but we sure are mighty!

And I am thankful for all of the people who are helping us do extraordinary things. I'm thankful for movers like Bill and Freddy, who wrapped five of their company's trucks to help raise awareness about hunger in our nation's capital. I'm thankful for partners like Victory Packaging, whose fourth annual company-wide food drive brought in over 25,000 pounds of food. I'm thankful for people in the relocation industry like Christine and Mary Ann of the Corporate Housing Providers Association, who organized a volunteer shift at a homeless shelter in New York City as part of their regional conference last month. I'm thankful for individuals like Jay, who turned his weekly card game into an opportunity to fight hunger in Indianapolis, and Jordan, who just competed in his 5th race as a member of Team Move For Hunger.

And, last but not least, I am thankful for the hundreds of people from all across the United States and Canada who have hosted food drives with us this year, like the students at the University of Michigan who collected 2,300 meals for their local food bank.

I am so thankful for everything we've been able to accomplish together, but the sobering truth is that our work is far from finished. Most of us will come together on Thursday to celebrate our good fortune; meanwhile, nearly 50 million of our fellow Americans are unsure of where they will find their next meal, let alone a Thanksgiving feast.

On behalf of the entire Move For Hunger team, thank you. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend in the company of your family and friends.

-Adam

The Circle K International Group UMich
The Circle K International Group UMich

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Sep 30, 2016

Move For Hunger Hosts Film Screening to Educate and Inspire

"You can't solve a problem if you don't know it exists." I've repeated that line hundreds of times over the last seven years. In my experience, most people are not aware of just how widespread the issue of hunger is. An even larger number have never even considered how food waste contributes to food insecurity.

On August 11, we hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" at the House of Independents in our hometown of Asbury Park, NJ.  The film provided an in-depth look at how food is wasted at almost every level of the supply chain - from the farm to the grocery store, and at home.

We also invited our friends from the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties & New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger to speak to the audience and offer their perspective on how hunger and food waste are affecting our state. 

Our goal was to educate our community about the problem and, hopefully, inspire them to take action. I'd like to think we did just that.

"(It was) a very informative movie," said one audience member. "I think it's really surprising to find out how challenging it is not to waste food, but also what a great opportunity it is."

Another viewer said that she already had a plan to cut down on her food waste. "I think I might buy myself a compost bin, rotate my refrigerator more often, and buy food in smaller batches."

Of course, we're always looking for opportunities to collect food, and this event was no exception. Admission was free, but we asked everyone to bring a donation of 5 non-perishable food items.

No one showed up empty-handed. The generosity of those in attendance allowed us to provide over 220 meals to the FoodBank during the time of year when they need help the most. Our summer interns, who took the lead in planning the entire event, delivered the food themselves.

The event was a great success: we had a full house of excited audience members who left with a better understanding of the food waste problem and what they can do to help.

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Jun 3, 2016

Summer Hunger: Not Every Campfire Gets 'Smores

Summer Should Be Fun For Every Child!
Summer Should Be Fun For Every Child!

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day. While I enjoyed the opportunity to reflect and spend time with my family and friends, I was anxious to get back to the office on Tuesday. Hunger, as we know, doesn't take a vacation. In fact, food banks face their greatest need during the summer months when children are on vacation and are no longer receiving reduced-cost or free lunch at school. The Move For Hunger program provides vital support to food banks year-round, which is especially important during the summertime.

With so much work yet to be done in our fight to end hunger, it can be easy to lose sight of what we've already accomplished. Just this past month, we've added over a dozen new partners to our ever-expanding network. Current members, such as our friends at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Zach Shore Realtors, hosted food drives that made a tangible impact in their communities. And last week, we welcomed over 20 new interns who will support our mission throughout the summer.

On top of all that, we received a $25,000 grant from the Mutual of America Foundation. We were presented the award at the Community Partnership Award Luncheon the foundation hosted to acknowledge the contributions of those individuals who have helped make Move For Hunger what it is today. Seeing so many of the allies we have made over the past seven years together under one roof served as a welcome reminder of just what is possible when a group of people are committed to a common cause.

To date, our network has collected over 6.5 million pounds of food - that's the equivalent of over 5 million meals on the plates of hungry people across the United States and Canada. We're going to work tirelessly to make sure reach that next million by the end of the year, but we need your help. So please, host a food drive, make a donation, join our race team - whatever you can contribute makes a difference. I've seen where we've been and know how much further there is to go. As overwhelming as it may seem at times, we CAN end hunger...but only by working together.

YOU can help us make a difference and reduce hunger this summer: If you've never held a food drive, let us show you how easy and fulfilling it can be! Our Events Coordinator, Abbey will guide you through the process. We have already collected nearly 700,000 pounds of food this year (that;s nearly 600,000 meals!). Help us reach our goal of 2,000,000 pounds by the end of the year!

Summer 2016 Interns Volunteering at the Food Bank
Summer 2016 Interns Volunteering at the Food Bank
The Team at Move For Hunger
The Team at Move For Hunger
Adam Thanking Our Partners For Their Support
Adam Thanking Our Partners For Their Support
 
   

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