Feb 4, 2019

Our Best Year Ever

You're never too young to hold a food drive!
You're never too young to hold a food drive!

Dear Friends,

Where does the time go?

Move For Hunger will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, and we have come a long, long way since our modest beginnings. It started with an impromptu family brainstorm. My brother, Max, doodled the logo on a napkin. When I was sitting alone in my dad’s conference room with my college laptop and a yellow legal pad, I could only hope to one day have an entire office and be surrounded by the best team anyone could ever ask for. Yet, here we are.

In 2018, we organized nearly 1,000 food drives, which is more than we ever have in a single year. The runners and walkers who turned their miles into meals with Team Move For Hunger raised $82,760, also a new record. And our network of multi-family apartment communities expanded from 129 properties to 700, a 442% increase.

Each of those accomplishments are a product of the foundation we have been building since 2009. We would not have been able reach any of those milestones without the moving companies who believed in our cause from day one. Move For Hunger could not have become the organization it is today without the partners who have provided us the support we needed to grow the network, introduce new programs, and scale our operations.

We can’t discuss our progress, however, without acknowledging that hunger and food waste are still as prevalent as they have ever been. There are still more Americans facing hunger today than there were before the Great Recession. Despite all of the attention our food waste epidemic has received, we are still throwing away 40% of the food we produce every year.

It would be impossible to solve these problems without collaboration. Fortunately, that is something we do extremely well. Move For Hunger is fostering community partnerships that will continue to grow organically for years to come. We are changing the way entire industries do business. We are challenging millions of people to confront the issues and providing them with an opportunity to do something about it. And, collectively, day-by-day, we are creating a more sustainable future.

Move For Hunger may have started at my desk, but it has always been about you. I am so proud of what we have accomplished together, but our focus must remain on the road ahead. Although we have a lot of momentum heading into 2019, that alone won’t carry us where we need to go. It’s time for us to take that next step. It’s time to move forward.

Thank you,

Adam Lowy

Executive Director

We Delivered 2.6 Million LBS. of Food in 2018
We Delivered 2.6 Million LBS. of Food in 2018
Team Move For Hunger Raised $82,000 last year
Team Move For Hunger Raised $82,000 last year
Our Multi-Family Apartment Program Keeps Growing
Our Multi-Family Apartment Program Keeps Growing

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Nov 7, 2018

Our Network is Expanding in a Big Way

Since 2017, Move For Hunger's Apartment Community Program has grown to include nearly 350 properties in 17 states. And we're just getting started.

We knew that this program had the potential to progress very quickly and that we needed to streamline the process before taking it nationwide. So we started small and worked closely with the pilot properties to create a model that made sense for everyone.

One of the reasons Move For Hunger has been so successful is its simplicity - we make it easy for people to do something good. The Apartment Program is no different. When a resident gives notice that they'll be moving out, the property manager will provide them with a food collection bag and a letter that explains why they should donate. The residents are then asked to bring any donations down to the management office.

The final piece of the puzzle was our partnership with CORT. As one of the nation's leading providers of transition services, they understand the multi-family housing space and have branches in virtually every major city. CORT team members are already visiting properties on a regular basis, and now they'll be picking up the donations while they are there and delivering them to local food banks.

To say that I am excited about the potential of this program would be a huge understatement. In less than 2 years, members of our Apartment Community Program have donated more than 15,500 lbs. of food -- that's enough to provide nearly 13,000 meals!

We are so proud of the moving companies who have helped us collect more than 11.7 million pounds of food over the last 9 years, but we know we are only scratching the surface of what we can accomplish. Nearly 75% of people who move don't hire a professional moving company. With the launch of our Apartment Program, we can provide so many more people with the opportunity to donate their food when they move.

-Adam

Aug 9, 2018

Introducing Our Signature Campaigns

I'm a numbers guy. I believe that, if you want to determine whether or not something is working, you need to take a look at the data. If you don't have the data, you're just guessing. My team knows that the best way to convince me to pursue a particular strategy is to back it up with statistics.

And based on the data, Move For Hunger is on pace to have its most impactful year to date. We have already collected nearly 1.5 million lbs. of food, and organized close to 400 events. I feel very confident that this will be another record-setting year for our network.

Lately, though, I have been thinking a lot about not just how much, but what kind of food we're delivering. If we can ensure that every box we drop off is loaded with the items that food banks always have a shortage of, we could drastically increase our impact.

And that's why we have been pushing our new food drive campaigns so hard over the past couple of months. I'll admit that I do love the idea of a Shark Week drive because we can throw an ocean of fin-tastic puns your way, but there's so much more to it than that! Canned tuna is a great source of protein & omega-3 fatty acids, it's easy to prepare, and food banks can never get enough of it. A PB&J drive may not seem all that serious at first glance, but when you consider that peanut butter is protein-heavy, shelf-stable, and is something that both kids and adults enjoy, it takes on a greater significance. 

I am really excited about the potential of these campaigns, and, if the early results are any indication, so are you! We organized more than 80 Shark Week food drives this July, which is 2x the number of total events we held during that month in 2017. 

Next on the agenda is our Back to School Food Drive. Let's celebrate the start of a new school year by asking for donations of applesauce, trail mix, granola, fruit cups, crackers, and other kid-friendly snacks to help fill lunchboxes in our communities. If you'd prefer to hold your food drive in the fall, you're in luck. We have Halloween and Thanksgiving campaigns on the schedule, too.

I don't think we have to sacrifice quantity for quality. We can continue to set records AND be more conscientious about the types of food we are donating. That's what these campaigns are designed to do. With your help, we'll have the numbers to back it up.

-Adam

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