Help Us Fight Hunger Across America

by Move For Hunger

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.

Every day the team here at Move For Hunger continues to be astonished by the amazing work of our partners in the moving industry. Not only are they collecting food during moves on a daily basis, they are community leaders that continually support and give back to their communities.

On Thursday, April 9th the Midwest fell victim to a massive array of at least 14 tornadoes. In Illinois, eight tornadoes ravaged through the state, the largest resulting in two fatalities and 22 injuries in Fairdale, IL. Sadly the storm destroyed 30 houses in Fairdale and significantly damaged at least 50 more.

In the wake of this destruction, our amazing movers Blackhawk Moving and Storage and Fort Dearborn Relocation sprung into action collecting food and items for those in need. Not only did they raise 940 pounds of food donations, Blackhawk and Fort Dearborn collected blankets, water, flashlights, work gloves, and 16-foot storage containers.  The storage containers were positioned around homes that were severely damaged, as people were trying to salvage what they could of their belongings but had no where to put them. The donations collected were delivered to the Kirkland Fire Department, who have been organizing the relief efforts in Fairdale.

The fire department heading the relief efforts began to run out of room to store all the donations. Blackhawk and Fort Dearborn stepped in to assist, providing two 51-foot moving trailers to help out with storage.

Our partners help get people what they need, at a time when they need it the most...and that is Move For Hunger.

Today Wednesday, May 13th, GlobalGiving is matching every single online donation between 9:00amEST and midnight. That means that your donation will have double the impact! Please add "Help Fight Hunger" to your calendar today. Your support will make a difference in your community and to the 50 million Americans that struggle with hunger.

Wednesday, May 13 Global Giving Match Day
Wednesday, May 13 Global Giving Match Day

It might only be March but the Move For Hunger team is already on our way to making 2015 a record year. We want to thank all of our generous donors, enthusiastic volunteers, and committed partners that have helped expand our mission to reduce food waste and alleviate hunger. We have a tireless network of moving companies, realtors, corporate housing professionals, and relocation companies who go out every day and transform moving into an opportunity to help those in need. Together with all of our supporters we have just delivered over 4.5 MILLION pounds of food to those in need, that's enough for over 4 MILLION meals.

The issues of food waste and hunger are only growing. By working together, we can do better. The USDA estimates that 30-40% of food grown, processed, and transported in America will never be consumed, but rather end up in an landfill. If every one of us made a commitment to reducing food waste, more of our nation's food can go to families in need, not the landfill. 

 Ready to get involved this year? Here are a few simple ways!

MOVING or KNOW SOMEONE THAT IS MOVING?
Our network now includes over 600 moving companies, tens of thousands of realtors, some of the world's largest relocation companies, and a brand new corporate housing program. For those moving, our website serves as an invaluable resource to find socially responsible moving companies to hire for your relocation needs. Together we can transform relocation into an opportunity to reduce food waste and feed the hungry.

GET SOCIAL - Use that phone we all rely on for good! State senators, congressman, and other government officials rely on communication from you when making policy decisions. Write an email or call your elected official and tell them you support funding for the Federal SNAP program and the child nutrition reauthorization. Take action and spread awareness by using the hastag #MoveForHunger on social media! This past February, the Move For Hunger team joined the NJ Anti Hunger Coalition in Washington DC educating members of Congress about hunger and the need to strengthen legislation. You have the power to make a difference on Capitol Hill!

RUN, RUN, RUN! Team Move For Hunger is a national fundraising program, dedicated to raising awareness of hunger. The funds raised by Team Move For Hunger enable us to continue the expansion of our hunger relief programs. Team Move For Hunger is open to any and all runners regardless of age, type of race or skill level. It doesn't matter if you are just starting out or a seasoned marathoner, you can turn your race into a run against hunger.

We know that we still have a ton yet to accomplish. This year will be a year of awareness, collaboration, and impact. It will also be a year of adventures as we visit new cities, create new partnerships, run new races, and share peoples stories. Thank you for being a part of our journey as we continue to fight against hunger in this country everyday.

Presidents of the leading VanLines showing support
Presidents of the leading VanLines showing support
MFH join NJ partners on Capitol Hill
MFH join NJ partners on Capitol Hill
Turn miles into meals
Turn miles into meals

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Organization Information

Move For Hunger

Location: Neptune, NJ - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.MoveForHunger.org
Project Leader:
Kristy Redford
Director of Development
Neptune, New Jersey United States
$36,762 raised of $50,000 goal
 
499 donations
$13,238 to go
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