To create a network of moving companies that picks up unwanted, nonperishable food items from families that are moving and delivers it to local food banks.
About the Organization:
Founder Adam Lowy, whose family owns a moving company, created Move for Hunger after seeing how much food is thrown away when families relocate. The organization partners with moving companies across the country to collect unopened, nonperishable food items that would otherwise be discarded and delivers them to local foodbanks. It also supports food drives for which partner companies provide collection boxes and transportation for the food items.
Now operating in forty-three states with more than three hundred moving company partners, Move for Hunger helped collect and deliver 342,410 pounds of food to food banks in 2011. In addition, its College Can-Fest works with various student organizations to hold food drives on college campuses. The organization also has contributed to disaster relief efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy by coordinating donations of goods, boxes, trucks, and warehouse space.
Visitors to the Move for Hunger site can search for a participating moving company by ZIP code or state, read about food insecurity in the United States, or organize a food drive with the help of a mover. Relocation companies can sign up to join the Move for Hunger network, while college students can register to set up a College Can-Fest event on their campuses or learn about internship opportunities. The site also features videos highlighting the organization's work; updates on partner companies, awards, and events; a "Mover of the Month," and a calendar of food drives.
Move for Hunger receives funding from individual donors, corporations, and online fundraising competitions.