The end of the school year for many means summer vacation, beaches, and fun. For those less fortunate however the summer months can mean reduced access to food. Currently there are more than 16 million children (nearly one in five children in America) that struggle with hunger. Federal nutrition programs offer students free or reduced-price lunches during the school year. According to the Food Research and Action Center, more than 20 million children receive a free or reduced-price school lunch on an average school day. For many students, these are the only meals they receive during the day. When school is not in session, the meals they relied on are no longer provided. Hunger doesn't take a summer vacation.
The summer is also when most moves occur. Working with over 600 relocation companies across North America, the Move For Hunger network has a vital opportunity to deliver additional food to the shelves of the food banks during these months. The movers in the Move For Hunger network bring food donations directly to the food bank, saving the food banks on transportation and delivery costs.
We are honored to be a part of the Global Giving Match Day on July 16th. It's a wonderful opportunity to show your support and help us to make a real impact on hunger in America. Starting at 9 am on Wednesday, July 16th, GlobalGiving will match donations to our organization by 50% until the $130,000 available in matching funds run out. That means that if you give $100, we will get an additional $50 from GlobalGiving!
We are looking for partners in the fight against hunger. Won't you join us?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org today, we would love to hear your ideas.
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.
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!