May 23, 2018
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How moving into a new home can help fight hunger

When people move they throw out perfectly good food; Move For Hunger is changing that

The nonprofit Move for Hunger helps to mobilize food drives across the country, like this one in Dallas, hosted by A-1 Freeman Moving and Storage. Photo courtesy of Move for Hunger

EDITOR'S NOTE

Move For Hunger was a 2016 finalist for The Renewal Awards, a project of The Atlantic and Allstate.

Thirty-five million Americans will move to a new home this year, and every single one of them will get rid of some of their “stuff” before they go. How do I know? My family has owned a moving company in New Jersey for nearly 100 years–I’ve seen it firsthand! Moving is a great opportunity to declutter, and I completely understand why so many people want to start fresh in their new place. One thing I could never wrap my head around, however, is why anyone would throw away perfectly good food.

I got tired of seeing so much food being wasted when so many people are in need, so I decided to do something about it. In 2009, I founded Move For Hunger, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to eliminating food waste during the relocation process. We are a network of more than 850 moving companies that encourages customers to donate their food when they move. It’s a simple solution that has made a huge impact. In just nine years we have delivered more than 10 million pounds of non-perishable food to food banks all across the United States and Canada. That’s the equivalent of 8.5 million meals.

May marks the start of the busy season in the moving industry. Most people who move this year will do so over the next three months. Food banks also happen to face their greatest need during the summertime. The reason? Families with children who had been receiving free or reduced-cost breakfast and lunch at school need to find a way to replace those meals during summer break. It doesn’t help that donations are also way down this time of year, as most people tend to hold food drives around the holidays.

There are 41 million Americans who face hunger each year, including 1 in 6 children. Donating your food when you move is a simple way to help put meals on the table of our neighbors in need. If you’re moving this summer, or if you know someone who is, use our Find a Mover tool to book a socially-responsible moving company near you. It’s free, it’s one less thing to pack, and it’s an easy way to give back.

Adam Lowy

Move For Hunger

New Jersey native, Springsteen fan, and ASU Sun Devil for life, Adam Lowy founded Move For Hunger in the summer of 2009. Adam’s family has owned a moving company in New Jersey for over 90 years (dating back to Great Grandpa Lowy). After years of seeing so much food wasted when people move, Adam decided to take action. Adam proudly represents the New York City Hub of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community. In 2011 he became a Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow and was honored at the VH1 Do Something Awards for his commitment to creating social change. Adam was also honored in Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Food & Drink category in 2014.