Help Us Fight Hunger Across America

by Move For Hunger
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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

One of the many ways that Move For Hunger tackles hunger is through awareness. For example, our team attends as many conferences as possible to share our experiences fighting hunger with movers, realtors, and other relocation professionals, in the hopes of inspiring them to join us in the fight. Most recently, we had the opportunity to attend the annual Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Corporate housing providers work with us to rescue unwanted food from their clients - business men and women who spend a few weeks or more in temporary residence. The residents often purchase more food than they can eat before they move out and by teaming up with Move For Hunger, the corporate housing providers can make sure this food finds its way to the food bank, rather than the trash. To date, we have already rescued nearly 3,000 meals together! 

The conference this past month kicked off with a volunteer activity for CHPA members at the Tarrant Area Food Bank where we were put to work bagging and sorting through over 14,000 pounds of potatoes. Members got down and dirty with the spuds, making 10 pounds bags to be available for those in need in the Fort Worth area. As an added bonus, one of our most supportive partners, Firefighting’s Finest Moving and Storage joined the group with their Move For Hunger wrapped truck.

With CHPA’s support, Move For Hunger was able to promote the program and enroll new members at the three day conference. In addition to having a table at the event, our own Adam Lowy gave a speech on Move For Hunger, encouraging providers to sign up. A special thanks to CHPA for allowing us the opportunity to educate their members on how they can fight food waste and hunger in their industry.

Move For Hunger was also lucky to present our first ever Corporate Housing Provider of the Year Award to AVE by Korman Communities. With 6 locations in New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area enrolled in the program, AVE has gone above and beyond in their fight against hunger and food waste. By participating in events such as our 2nd annual Truck Pull, joining Team Move For Hunger at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia 1/2 Marathon, and planning their own resident parties, AVE is dedicated to the cause.  Since they’ve joined the program, AVE has helped to collect and deliver over 1,900 pounds of food! Thank you AVE for your support, we look forward to an even better 2016!

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Greetings From Asbury Park!


Well, we made it through 2015! Boy, was it a busy year! One that was filled with challenges, growth, and impact. I’m especially proud of our incredible team: staff, network, donors, and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication. We could be here without your enduring passion for our mission.

In 2015, we joined the Alliance to End Hunger, a coalition of our nation’s leading hunger-relief organizations to reduce hunger by fostering greater collaboration; a fundamental concept at Move For Hunger. Last year, Tony Hall of the Alliance to End Hunger declared that the new “Sustainable Development Goals”, adapted by the UN to reduce food insecurity worldwide, were a road-map to eliminating world hunger by 2030. With nearly 50 million Americans struggling to keep food on their tables despite our economic recovery, ending hunger in the next 15 years seems daunting, but we are up for the challenge.

2015 was a year of incredible impact for Move For Hunger in the communities we serve. Our network has grown to include over 650 moving companies, 200+ real estate offices, 45 corporate housing providers, and some of our nation’s leading relocation management companies. These partners are committed to reducing food waste in every aspect of the relocation process. In addition to our day-to-day food collection from people who are moving, we organized over 400 food drives and began rescuing thousands of pounds of protein bars, peanut butter packs, and sports drinks from some of our nation’s largest races. Altogether, in 2015 we delivered nearly 2 MILLION pounds of food to food banks and pantries across North America – enough to provide over 1.6 MILLION meals to individuals in need.

With our revamped website in 2015, we saw a record 230,000+ visitors – more than double last year’s total! Nearly 30,000 of you used our Find A Mover tool to choose a socially responsible moving company, and another 30,000 opted to learn how to hold a successful food drive. We won a generous AdWords Grant from Google which has helped us to drive more people to take action while managing it all from an incredible CRM generously donated by SalesForce. I know I’m geeking out a bit, but it’s technology that has enabled us to keep costs low and impact high!

Last year was also a year of relationship building: We welcomed several new partners to the Move For Hunger family including Bristol Global Mobility, Interconex, Arpin Van Lines, National Van Lines, Stevens Van Lines, Gentle Giant Moving Company, Redfin, and many other amazing partners. We also strengthened relationships with some of our top partners – Atlas Van Lines, Victory Packaging, and Brookfield Global Relocations. There are so many corporate partners that have been supporting our efforts for years through generous financial and in-kind donations; I can’t
even begin to thank you all for the support and enthusiasm you continue to show. You Guys Rock!

While 2015 was pretty freaking great, 2016 is going to be even better! We hope to organize more food drives and food rescue events than ever before. We also plan to have over 20 wrapped Move For Hunger trucks on the road by the end of this year – raising awareness about our mission in communities across North America. We’re planning to roll out a few new programs, add to our team and our board, and continue to put more food on the table for those struggling to find a meal. Thank you to everyone who made 2015 so amazing, and here’s to fighting hunger in 2016!

To view our digital Year In Review, please view the attached pdf or click here.

Sincerely,

Adam Lowy, Executive Director

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Our generous movers lend a hand to help Trey
Our generous movers lend a hand to help Trey

The holidays are right around the corner, and for most of us that means friends, family, and a ton of food – but what if you didn’t have enough to feed your children, never-mind inviting over your extended friends and family? Sadly, for the nearly 50 million Americans who are affected by food insecurity, this is a very real possibility, especially as the temperatures outside continue to drop and more people are forced to decide between buying groceries and paying the heating bill.

Trey Taylor, a high school student in North Carolina, decided that he didn’t want hunger to spoil the holidays for his neighbors in Wallace, N.C., so he reached out to our office for help. Trey knew he wanted to collect food, but he wasn’t sure where to start. From the moment we spoke to him, we knew he was passionate about having a real impact on hunger in his town this season, so our team got to work. With the help of a local moving company, Trey challenged his community to fight hunger and help him “fill-a-truck” in the local Food Lion parking lot with nutritious non-perishable food. His neighbors rose to the challenge and Trey collected more than 1,200 pounds of food, or 1,000 meals, for his local food bank.

We might not all have the time or energy to fight hunger the way Trey does, but we all share in his passion. He is just one of the thousands of people that we have helped to fight hunger and make a difference. How are you going to make a difference this holiday season for the 17 million children in the United States who go to bed hungry each night?

Please consider making a donation this holiday season. With each dollar donated to Move For Hunger, we are able to put three meals on the shelf of a local food bank.

To learn more about Trey Taylor’s food drive and other events that we have organized, or to find a food drive in your area, please visit, www.moveforhunger.org

Getting the word out for the food drive
Getting the word out for the food drive
Trey
Trey's food drive helps feed over 1,000 people

As we turn another page on the calendar and welcome August, families are embracing the last few weeks of the carefree days of summer. For many of us, these weeks are filled with beach days, pool fun, parties and barbeques. But for the more than 17 million children struggling with hunger in America, these last few weeks of vacation are a very different picture. Without the benefit of free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, the long summer months are the cause of anxiety and uncertainty about where their next meal will come from; hunger does not take a summer vacation. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 21 million children rely on the free and reduced school meals when school is in session. These meals provide a security that children are receiving at least one nutritious and stable meal. When school is out, the security of that meal is also over. Over the past years, there has been movement and an increase in Summer Food Service Programs but there is still a severe shortage of ways to ensure all children are receiving meals.

Since our founding Move For Hunger has now delivered over 5 million pounds of food to those in need, that is enough to feed 92,593 school buses filled with children. There is still time for you to take action before the end of summer and help us to deliver more food to those who so badly need it. Our team will provide you with all the tools that you need to hold a food drive, fundraise, and advocate to fight hunger in your community. This past July, the Move For Hunger network delivered nearly 25,000 pounds of food to food banks nationwide. With your support, we can double that in the month of August. Please contact our Events Manager, Erika@moveforhunger.org to hold a food drive in your office or community. Every child deserves carefree days without the worry of hunger.

 

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Move For Hunger

Location: Neptune, NJ - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.MoveForHunger.org
Project Leader:
Kristy Redford
Director of Development
Neptune, New Jersey United States
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