May 14, 2018

Turning Miles Into Meals

There is a famous quote by Socrates that reads "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." These words ring true with the hunger crisis facing us. The face of hunger has changed. It's not so obvious to see when that neighbor, co-worker, child at school, or community member may be facing the battle of not knowing where their next meal will come from. Hunger is all around us. It is not limited to a single demographic or geographic region of the country. It is not a problem that only affects the homeless population. As the economy continues to put a strain on our wallets, people are being forced to make difficult decisions. Adults who suffer from hunger live shorter, less healthy, and less happy lives. They are more likely to be obese, more prone to mental illness, and more susceptible to deadly diseases. Hunger and malnourishment go hand in hand. Children who neglet to obtain essential nutrients during their critical years of growth will be dramatically disadvantaged for the remainder of their lives. One in six American children go to bed hungry each night. This needs to change.

The Move For Hunger network of relocation partners brings education on this crisis directly into homes on a daily basis. Our moving partners pick up unwanted, non-perishable food items from those who are moving and deliver it to local food banks nationwide. That program continues to expand, but we wanted to do more. The Move For Hunger crew wanted to create an opportunity for even more people to become involved in the fight against hunger. You might not connect a fun race event with food waste but that's often the case! A marathon takes a huge toll on the human body, and competitors need to replace the thousands of calories they just burned off as quickly as possible. Endurance events like races always want to ensure that they have more than enough bananas, bagels, water, sports drinks, etc. for all of the participants. As a result, there’s often a lot leftover at these races, but our network has made it a priority to rescue as much food from as many races as we can. Movers in the Move For Hunger network pick up extra food from race events and deliver it to a local foods bank, saving it from potential waste. With our movers so involved with races, an idea on how to turn more running miles into meals was launched. Team Move For Hunger is now a national network of runners and walkers who make a commitment to fundraise and donate their race miles into funds that will lead to life saving meals. Members of the Team Move For Hunger dedicate their performance in road races - from 5ks to full marathons - to the 42 million Americans who struggle to find their next meal. Since 2014, Team Move For Hunger has raised more than $200,000 to support the core mission of reducing food waste and fighting hunger. 

So let's get moving! We offer tons of information on starting a race team within your office. It's ok if not everyone is an athlete! The truth is, the majority of our company teams are walking 5Ks, turning it into a fun team-building exercise. Check around the office and see if people are up to the task of a fun Saturday morning with friends and family while helping raise funds for the cause. Make sure to explain how easy it is and that it’s a great way to generate employee engagement. Check out our webpage dedicated to getting started. Let's fight hunger together!

Feb 14, 2018

A Year of Milestones

Updater Collected 600 LBS. of Food
Updater Collected 600 LBS. of Food

There is no question that 2017 was Move For Hunger’s most successful year to date. Our network delivered 2.4 million pounds of food, more than we ever have before. We organized more than 760 food drives, also a new record. And, in the final days of December, we recorded another major milestone by delivering our 10 millionth pound of food. We are so proud of what we were able to accomplish together because we know how difficult it was to get here.

When I reflect back on last year, I think about my staff and all of the late nights they put in at the office to make sure we reached our ambitious goals. I think about the hundreds of family-owned moving companies who made time during their busy season to help out with local food drives. I think about people like Lauren Castle, Jake Green, and Jordan Bute, who devoted countless hours to training and fundraising as members of Team Move For Hunger.

We know that the successes we are celebrating today would not be possible without thousands of individual sacrifices. Yet, we cannot let our achievements obscure the crisis we are facing or overshadow the people we are fighting for. Forty-two million Americans still face hunger each and every day. So I also spend time thinking about the single moms who are working two jobs but barely make ends meet, the homeless veterans who are shivering through those long winter nights, and the lonely senior citizens who are too proud to ask for help. And I continue to struggle to comprehend how we can waste so much food when so many are in need.

I have been thinking about all of that, but now we are focused on the year ahead. The generosity of our network, partners, and volunteers has been overwhelming, but we can’t move forward without your continued support. So please consider holding a food drive this year, joining Team Move For Hunger, and making a donation to support our work.

Together, we have built an organization that has helped so many people, and we have the potential to do even greater things. We are in this for the long haul, and we hope you’ll stay on board.

Invictus Prep Charter School Held a Food Drive
Invictus Prep Charter School Held a Food Drive
ASAP Movers Hosted 2 Fill-A-Truck Food Drives
ASAP Movers Hosted 2 Fill-A-Truck Food Drives
Team Move For Hunger at the San Fran 1/2 Marathon
Team Move For Hunger at the San Fran 1/2 Marathon

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Nov 16, 2017

Move For Hunger: The Food Drive Experts!

HB Fuller Food Drive
HB Fuller Food Drive

Did you know that Move For Hunger helps organize food drives, start-to-finish, free-of-charge, all across North America? 

Global Giving donors are tremendously generous with Move For Hunger. Donations support Move For Hunger's food rescue program, which is VERY busy during the holidays!

Check out our new food drive page: http://www.moveforhunger.org/get-involved/food-drive/

At Move For Hunger, we're here to help! We can create a fundraising page to go along with any food drive. We're proud that 95% of donations go to fund our programs.

The heart and soul of Move For Hunger's food drives are the compassionate people who donate food and the wonderful movers who deliver the food to local food banks and pantries. Move For Hunger widens the circle of giving by keeping all food donations in local communities. 

For every dollar that Move For Hunger saves a food bank on transportation, that food bank can provide about five meals. Move For Hunger capitalizes on its strengths in infrastructure and coalition-building so that food banks can channel their efforts into distribution.

With donor support, we've had an amazing impact on local communities, especially those impacted by recent hurricanes. Move For Hunger partners (and corporate competitors) A-1 Moving & Storage and Beltmann Relocation Group joined forces to deliver desperately needed food and water to Florida after Hurricane Irma. Hall Lane Moving and Storage in New York collected 1,000 pounds of food at a local breast cancer walk for families devastated by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. And Celina Moving & Storage staff in Ohio took care of their colleagues in Texas, after Hurricane Harvey, by collecting 23,000 pounds of food.

In total - and very quickly! - Move For Hunger partners delivered more than 300,000 pounds of food to communities impacted by recent hurricanes. But hunger and food waste go hand-in-hand all year long, in every community. And that brings us back to Move For Hunger, the food drive experts!

Thank you for donating money and food to Move For Hunger. Will you make a holiday donation, or organize a holiday food drive, today? With your support, Move For Hunger's circle of giving will keep growing!
BHHS Elite Realtors Food Drive
BHHS Elite Realtors Food Drive
Trick or Can!
Trick or Can!
Foodstock!
Foodstock!
Suddath Veterans Day
Suddath Veterans Day
Britepaths Complete the Circle
Britepaths Complete the Circle

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