Sep 3, 2020

September is Hunger Action Month Let's Get To Work

For more than 37 million Americans, food insecurity is a daily reality. Those who experience hunger can be found in every community across the United States - they are our friends, family, and neighbors. People facing food insecurity are sometimes forced to make  impossible decisions, such as, "Should I pay rent or put food on the table for my children?" Choosing between getting to work and purchasing bus fare, visiting the doctors or buying are daily choices that are often made by those who are food insecure.  For those living in food deserts, it is also especially challenging to access nutritious food on a consistent basis.

Food insecurity is on the rise in the United States, and the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the need like never before. Food banks are working beyond their capacity while volunteer help has been scaled back for safety reasons.  Food continues to be wasted like never before due to disruptions in the supply chain. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic has hit, the Move For Hunger Network has been able to rescue and deliver enough food to provide over 1 million meals for those in need. And the need is unfortunately increasing. While the issue of hunger may seem distant to many, those who are affected may feel like there is no end in sight.

So it is with the background of these critical facts that we begin the month of September, which is known as Hunger Action Month. Move For Hunger will continue joining the thousands of other hunger relief organizations working to put a spotlight on this important issue during this month at a time when many are experiencing hunger for the first time in their lives. Though it might feel like there is nothing you can do to make a difference, we assure you that you can!

4 Easy Ways To Get Involved In Hunger Action Month

1. Hold A Fundraiser: Fundraisers are great ways to raise awareness about our cause while raising valuable funds to support our mission to combat hunger and food waste. 

2. Organize a Food Drive: One of the easiest ways to get involved is by organizing a food drive. Move For Hunger offers many creative food drive ideas, best practices, and can assist in transporting your food donations to a local food bank when your event is complete

3. Advocate: Sounds hard, right? Wrong! Advocacy is one of the easiest and most effective ways to take action.  Whether you encourage your local elected leaders to create better policy around hunger or share our infographics on your social media channels to raise awareness about this important issue, Move For Hunger makes it easy to raise your voice.

4. Become A Monthly Donor: While the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue for a long time, your monthly gift today will help provide a meal tomorrow. Our monthly donors receive special swag & communications throughout the year to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening behind the scenes of our organization while also highlighting your support and impact. With a small gift of $25 each month, you can help us feed more than 750 people in need.

Help us take action during September, Hunger Action Month, as we come together as one, to help fight hunger and provide meals for those in need.

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May 12, 2020

Move For Hunger Responds To Covid-19 Pandemic

Ridgewood Moving Provides To Hometown Heroes
Ridgewood Moving Provides To Hometown Heroes

The COVID-19 Pandemic has had a devastating economic impact and drastically increased the need for emergency food assistance nationwide. Move For Hunger is actively searching for ways to meet the demand, and our network of 1,000 moving companies is in a unique position to help.

Move For Hunger is helping food banks all across the country during these unprecedented times. Food banks need trucks to deliver supplies to their warehouses and distribution centers. With a fleet of trucks, experienced drivers, and crews capable of doing the heavy lifting, our network can provide reliable transportation assistance and free up resources for the food banks to use elsewhere.  Our team is working every day to connect moving companies that want to help with the food banks who so desperately need it.

Before the pandemic hit, 37 million people were already facing hunger in the US everyday, including more than 11 million children and nearly 5.4 millions senior citizens. Since the start of the pandemic however, the number of people experiencing food insecurity for the first time in their lives is increasing dramatically. Already vulnerable, low-income populations--including school-aged children receiving free/reduced lunch, senior citizens, people experiencing homelessness, and service workers--are even more at risk now during the crisis. With unemployment at historic highs, many will be visiting food banks and pantries for the first time. Move For Hunger’s goal is to be able to also support this new population of vulnerable individuals who are now food insecure with the expansion of our programs during these extenuating circumstances. Since its programs directly benefit food banks and pantries across the US, its food rescue and transportation solutions are able to directly serve at-risk groups that have been impacted by COVID-19.

In just the short time since Covid-19 hit, Move For Hunger has immediately stepped in to provide ad-hoc transportation assistance to help emergency food providers meet heightened demand.  We already have helped to transport over 540,000 pounds of food, providing 453,000 meals for our neighbors in need across the United States.

There are so many stories of our network in actions.  Our transportation partners have answered the call for support during the crisis in so many different ways.  Here are just a few...

The Food Share of Ventura County, CA reached out to Move For Hunger for assistance when they needed transportation for multiple shipments of much-needed supplies. Worldwide Moving & Storage, one of the newest members of Move For Hunger’s network, immediately responded to the call, and within a half hour of a first phone call to them, Move For Hunger had scheduled a delivery of nearly 3,000 pounds of lemons. Days later, Worldwide Moving & Storage also assisted in the delivery of 20 pallets of paper products and 20 pallets of diapers to Food Share, which had been donated by Procter and Gamble. A donation of that size would have taken Food Share eight trips with their small box truck, but Worldwide Moving & Storage's 26-foot trailer was able to haul it in just two trips, which freed up time for the Food Share driving team to continue recovering and distributing food. Worldwide Moving & Storage continues to assist when needed and recently helped transport over 15,000 pounds of cucumbers and tomatoes to Food Share. 

Just-In Time Moving & Storage of Arizona has helped to transport over 130,000 pounds of food over the last several weeks, providing over 108,000 meals to the United Food Bank in Mesa, AZ. They have also volunteered to help the United Food Bank by delivering pallets of emergency food bags bi-weekly throughout the crisis to help support the food bank’s ‘to-go’ meals and will continue to do so as the need continues.

Move For Hunger recently partnered with Materne North America, the manufacturers of GoGo Squeez applesauce to help supply first responders, school districts, and food banks across the country with much needed snacks to fuel their days.  Over 57,000 pounds of GoGo Squeez packets have been delivered so far, with additional product donation deliveries already being scheduled. The donation transports have happened all across the country, including in NJ, NY, TX, CA, and GA, helping to support hometown heroes as well as food banks and pantries.

HungryRoot, an online grocery company, reached out to Move For Hunger when they wanted to donate tens of thousands of pounds of their healthy and nutritious quinoa cups to those in need. Members of Move For Hunger’s network across the US came together to support this large-scale transport to food banks, providing over 15,000 meals to those in need across the country. This was a first-time collaboration between HungryRoot and Move For Hunger.

To read more about our Covid-19 relief efforts, please click here.  Thank you for your continued support!

Just In Time Moving Supports Local Food Bank
Just In Time Moving Supports Local Food Bank
Premium Q Moving Delivers To Project Soup
Premium Q Moving Delivers To Project Soup

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Jan 28, 2020

10 Years Of Fighting Hunger

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Dear Friends,

Move For Hunger’s 10th Anniversary was everything we hoped it could be. In 2019, we made sure to recognize the companies, volunteers, and donors who have transformed our scrappy little start-up into a nationally-recognized non-profit organization. We continued to build on that foundation by expanding our multi-family program, developing new employee engagement experiences, and by welcoming new partners, such as Assurant, Kastle, and CarsArrive to our movement. And, most importantly, we established new records by collecting more than 3.6 million lbs. of food and providing 3 million meals to people who are facing hunger.

Over the next 3 years, Move For Hunger will continue to create sustainable processes that we can ingrain within the moving, multi-family, and relocation industries. We need to explore new opportunities, like freight shipping, to figure out the best way to utilize the transportation resources that are already on the road. And, ideally, we will find a way to incorporate refrigerated trucks into our fleet, so that we can help food banks receive more of the fresh produce, meat, and dairy products that they so desperately need. When I founded Move For Hunger back in 2009, I didn’t know much about the problems that I was trying to address. I saw resources that were being underutilized and an industry that had the capacity to help. For a long time, our solution to hunger and food waste was simple: rescue the billions of pounds of food we are wasting every year and get it to the people who need it most. Move For Hunger provided the platform and process for companies to take action in their local communities. And it worked! As the years went on, though, I learned even more about the issues we were trying to tackle. The sad truth of it is, hunger and food waste are complicated problems that require complicated solutions. The work Move For Hunger is doing is incredibly important, and I’m proud of the tremendous growth we’ve seen over the past year. But it’s still not enough. Hunger is merely a symptom of poverty, and we, as non-profits, for-profits, and individual citizens, need to start taking steps to address the root causes. Rescuing food is certainly better than throwing it away, but we must rethink the supply chain if we hope to eliminate food waste entirely. Moving forward, we have to confront these issues head on. Which is why, in the years ahead, we will be providing our network with better educational resources, adding new content to our website, and integrating opportunities for further discussion into our corporate and community activations.

Move For Hunger has always been a creative, dynamic organization and we will continue to adapt when we see an opportunity to make a greater impact. This is a natural progression, not a departure from what has made us successful. Although hunger may be on the decline, hard times will eventually come again. Our food banking partners are expanding their programming to meet new challenges and serve more people. We commit to do the same.

Thank you.

Assurant Employee Engagement Event
Assurant Employee Engagement Event
Rosecity Truck Pull
Rosecity Truck Pull
Movers Doing Good!
Movers Doing Good!
Movers In Action
Movers In Action
Multi-family Food Collection Materials
Multi-family Food Collection Materials

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