Help Us Fight Hunger Across America

by Move For Hunger
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We are thankful for YOU - the everyday people help
We are thankful for YOU - the everyday people help

The holidays are here, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you all the things I am thankful for this year. 

I am thankful for my family: They are always there for me and made me who I am today. Even more, I was lucky enough to marry the girl of my dreams this year!

I am thankful for my friends: I've met so many amazing people from all across the globe. They keep me inspired, humble, and motivated to continue to press on with the important work we're doing.

I am thankful for my staff and our interns: I wish you all could see how hard they work behind-the-scenes. Our team may be small, but we sure are mighty!

And I am thankful for all of the people who are helping us do extraordinary things. I'm thankful for movers like Bill and Freddy, who wrapped five of their company's trucks to help raise awareness about hunger in our nation's capital. I'm thankful for partners like Victory Packaging, whose fourth annual company-wide food drive brought in over 25,000 pounds of food. I'm thankful for people in the relocation industry like Christine and Mary Ann of the Corporate Housing Providers Association, who organized a volunteer shift at a homeless shelter in New York City as part of their regional conference last month. I'm thankful for individuals like Jay, who turned his weekly card game into an opportunity to fight hunger in Indianapolis, and Jordan, who just competed in his 5th race as a member of Team Move For Hunger.

And, last but not least, I am thankful for the hundreds of people from all across the United States and Canada who have hosted food drives with us this year, like the students at the University of Michigan who collected 2,300 meals for their local food bank.

I am so thankful for everything we've been able to accomplish together, but the sobering truth is that our work is far from finished. Most of us will come together on Thursday to celebrate our good fortune; meanwhile, nearly 50 million of our fellow Americans are unsure of where they will find their next meal, let alone a Thanksgiving feast.

On behalf of the entire Move For Hunger team, thank you. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend in the company of your family and friends.

-Adam

The Circle K International Group UMich
The Circle K International Group UMich

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"You can't solve a problem if you don't know it exists." I've repeated that line hundreds of times over the last seven years. In my experience, most people are not aware of just how widespread the issue of hunger is. An even larger number have never even considered how food waste contributes to food insecurity.

On August 11, we hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" at the House of Independents in our hometown of Asbury Park, NJ.  The film provided an in-depth look at how food is wasted at almost every level of the supply chain - from the farm to the grocery store, and at home.

We also invited our friends from the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties & New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger to speak to the audience and offer their perspective on how hunger and food waste are affecting our state. 

Our goal was to educate our community about the problem and, hopefully, inspire them to take action. I'd like to think we did just that.

"(It was) a very informative movie," said one audience member. "I think it's really surprising to find out how challenging it is not to waste food, but also what a great opportunity it is."

Another viewer said that she already had a plan to cut down on her food waste. "I think I might buy myself a compost bin, rotate my refrigerator more often, and buy food in smaller batches."

Of course, we're always looking for opportunities to collect food, and this event was no exception. Admission was free, but we asked everyone to bring a donation of 5 non-perishable food items.

No one showed up empty-handed. The generosity of those in attendance allowed us to provide over 220 meals to the FoodBank during the time of year when they need help the most. Our summer interns, who took the lead in planning the entire event, delivered the food themselves.

The event was a great success: we had a full house of excited audience members who left with a better understanding of the food waste problem and what they can do to help.

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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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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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