March 6, 2017

How the family business sparked an innovative approach to solving hunger

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

Renewal Awards finalist Adam Lowy came up with the idea for Move For Hunger while working for his family's moving company. Photo courtesy of Move For Hunger


Meet the finalists for The Atlantic’s Renewal Awards, underwritten by Allstate. These individuals are the forces behind the 25 nonprofits competing for $100,000 in grant money. Five winners will be announced March 30 at The Renewal Summit in Washington, on, and here, on The Renewal Project.

Adam Lowy’s community work has its roots in an unusual place: his family’s nearly 100 year-old moving business. While working with his family in college, Lowy noticed that people would throw away many of their things when moving—including perfectly good food.

Now, Lowy, 31, works to cut food waste in the moving industry: as executive director and founder of Move For Hunger, he helps the relocation industry approach its work from a more sustainable perspective.

Meet Adam Lowy and follow Move For Hunger on Instagram and Twitter using the handle @moveforhunger, and on Facebook.

This questionnaire has been edited for length and clarity.

Describe your community:

We’re a national hunger relief organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste.

What ways are you helping to make your community thrive?

We’re providing the relocation industry with an opportunity to be part of a sustainable solution to hunger and food waste.

What do you love about your community?

Their passion and commitment to the cause. Not only are our partners collecting food from people who are moving, but they are also hosting food drives, fundraising with our race team, and using their voice raise awareness about hunger and food waste in the United States.

What’s one thing you want outsiders to know about your community?

I want outsiders to know that the relocation industry is genuinely committed to making a difference in the communities they serve.

What leader or leaders inspire you?

Richard Branson. I admire his vision and dedication to making the world a better place.

Mikhail Klimentov

Mikhail Klimentov is a contributor to The Renewal Project.