Move For Hunger - Making a Difference One Move At A Time
Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with relocation companies across the country to pick up unwanted, unopened food from those who are relocating and deliver it to local food banks across the country. To date, Move For Hunger is working with over 350 movers in 43 states and has collected more than 670,000 pounds of food.
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Move For Hunger
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Estados Unidos, NJ, Neptune
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Estados Unidos, NJ, Neptune, Monmouth County
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Nombre de tu iniciativa
Move For Hunger - Making a Difference One Move At A Time
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¿Cuánto tiempo se lleva poniendo en práctica tu iniciativa?
Operando entre 1-5 años
La necesidad: ¿Cuál es el problema que tratas de solucionar?
1 in 6 Americans live on incomes that put them at risk of hunger. 17 million children go to bed hungry each night. In a country that prides itself on being the world’s greatest superpower, this high number of food insecure people is simply unacceptable. While the national statistic is upsetting, the portrait of hunger at the local level is even more disturbing. In Washington D.C., our nation’s capital, 1 in 2 children do not have enough to eat. 1 in 4 people in the state of Delaware rely on the food bank for assistance. Over 1.6 million people in Los Angeles are at risk for hunger. Over 48 million Americans nationwide struggle to find their next meal. Communities of all shapes, sizes and demographics are affected by hunger. It is a year-round issue that requires year-round solutions.
La solución: ¿Cuál es tu solución? Sé específico.
Move For Hunger partners with relocation companies to provide direct support for our nations food banks. When people relocate they often take the time to get rid of a ton of “stuff.” Unfortunately, this “stuff” is often perfectly good food that could go to a family in need rather than discarded. That's where we come in-our movers offer to pickup any unwanted food items from their customers and deliver it directly to their local food bank.
While 1 in 6 Americans rely on food banks, 1 in 7 Americans relocate every year. This correlation provides relocation companies with a unique opportunity to provide relief to the millions of Americans that are food insecure. By making "giving back" part of the moving process, we have found a simple, scalable way to fight hunger all across the nation. Relocation companies in the Move For Hunger network now turn every move into an opportunity to make a difference for someone in need.
El Modelo: Muéstranos a través de un ejemplo específico cómo tu solución hace una diferencia, incluye tus actividades primarias
Each time our movers go out on an estimate, they provide their customers with a letter describing the need facing their community as well as a box. These aren't people who signed up for the food bank's mailing list to learn about hunger, but rather everyday Americans who probably didn't know hunger was such a problem in their community. People are urged to donate their unopened, non-perishable food items during the move, and the moving company offers to pick it up and deliver it to the local food bank.
Most people want to help their communities, but often just don't know where or how. Move For Hunger is LITERALLY bringing the food drive into the homes of thousands of Americans every day and making the act of donating easy.
A recent example of our impact came from one of our movers in NJ. The moving company had a very successful month, collecting well over 800 lbs. from their customers. Upon making the delivery to the local food pantry, they were greeted by the food pantry's director who informed them that the pantry was entirely out of food. Without the donation from the moving company, the food pantry would have closed its doors. But thanks to the effort from the moving company, the pantry was able to stay open and provide 653 meals from the mover's food donation.
Move For Hunger also organizes a multitude of food drives and awareness events across the nation, engaging even more people to get involved in fighting hunger in their community. We are able to provide the tools to make food drives a success, while our movers offer to do all the heavy lifting.
El mercado: ¿Quiénes son tus pares y competidores? Identifica a otros que también estén trabajando para dar respuesta a las necesidades que tú abordas y en qué te diferencias de ellos. ¿Cuáles son los desafíos que estos jugadores podrían representar para tu éxito o crecimiento?
While there are numerous food pantries and food banks throughout the country, we look at them as our partners in the fight against hunger rather than competitors. Food banks and pantries directly serve meals to the public, while Move For Hunger actively engages members of the relocation industry and individuals to support their local hunger relief organizations.
Move For Hunger is the first and only organization working to mobilize an entire industry for change. There are numerous hunger relief organizations in the US, such as Why Hunger, Feeding America, and Share Our Strength. We differ in that we provide a unique solution to the problem by bringing together the resources of the the relocation industry with food banks to create a greater social impact.
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Qué tipo de solución/es brinda tu iniciativa para ayudar a emprendedores emergentes y pequeñas empresas a crecer y prosperar en comunidades marginadas? (seleccionar las opciones aplicables.)
Acceso a las cadenas de abastecimiento/logistica, Cambio de políticas/Defensa de derechos.
¿Cuál ha sido el impacto de la solución hasta la fecha?
In three years, Move For Hunger has grown to work with over 350 moving companies and 180 real estate professionals in 44 states across the nation. Each company provides hunger awareness materials to approximately 5 clients each day. This means that each day roughly 2,500 unique individuals are educated about hunger in their communities.
Move For Hunger has brought together many of the leaders of the relocation industry, and to date our network has delivered over 700,000 lbs. of food to food banks all over the country. This is enough to provide at more than 530,000 lifesaving meals to those less fortunate.
In addition, Move For Hunger's programs and events have helped many food banks reduce transportation costs associated with food donation pick ups. Our movers offer their time and trucks free of charge to move food donations to where they need to be. For every dollar saved, a food bank can provide about 3 meals to a person in need.
¿Cuál es tu impacto proyectado para los próximos 1-3 años?
We strive to make Move For Hunger a household name, and hope that individuals will be more motivated to hire companies working to give back to their communities. In the next 2 years, we plan to triple our moving network to increase education to 7,500 individuals daily. With thousands of moving companies that have not joined our cause, our impact has yet to reach its full potential. By next year, we plan to have a network in place capable of delivering at least 1 million lbs. per year to food banks all over the country, that is enough to provide over 760,000 lifesaving meals. Thanks to the support of the relocation industry, the Move For Hunger network has the potential to provide over 1.5 million meals per year within the next 3 years.
¿Qué barreras pueden dificultar el éxito de tu proyecto? ¿Cómo planean superarlas?
As our network continues to grow, it will become increasingly difficult to communicate with our network to keep them active, engaged and up to date with Move For Hunger due to our small 4 person staff. Additionally there are still certain pockets of the country where we do not have participating partners.
To overcome these challenges we have created a communication plan framework that ensures we connect with each company at least twice a year. Furthermore, we continue to form strong partnerships with major van lines, relocation associations, and real estate professionals to help keep our network engaged. Through these partnerships, we are able to create competition and awareness, while collecting more food for those in need.
Las iniciativas ganadoras presentan un plan fuerte de cómo van a alcanzar y realizar un seguimiento del crecimiento. Identifica tus metas a seis meses para el crecimiento de tu impacto
In six months we plan to reach our goal of delivering 1,000,000 lbs. since Move For Hunger first started.
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a las metas de seis meses.
Plan 100 additional food drives to meet our yearly goal.
Reconnect with each of the movers in our network to see how the program is working and what we can do to help.
Recruit five interns to assist in planning events and connecting with members of our network.
¡Ahora piensa en grande! Identifica tu meta de impacto a 12 meses.
Build our network of relocation companies to deliver at least 1,000,000 lbs. every year.
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a tu meta de impacto a 12 meses
Expand our network of relocation companies actively engaged in the fight against hunger to double the current size.
Follow up with the movers who are having trouble collecting donations.
Increase the quantity and scale of our food drives to drive donations and mover engagement with their community.
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Adam Lowy's family has owned a moving company in NJ for nearly 90 years. In that time they witnessed an incredible amount of waste involved when people moved. After looking more closely, they discovered that a lot of this waste was perfectly good food just being left behind. Fed up, they decided to ask their customers to donate any food they weren't bringing with them and they would deliver it directly to the food bank. In one month, they collected over 300 lbs. of food. This is food that would have ended up in a trashcan!
Proud of his collection, Adam took the food to his local food bank (where he hadn't been since a 5th grade class trip). He was shocked to learn that 100,000 people in his community relied on the food bank each year. Adam quit his job, and Move For Hunger was born. If one little moving company could collect so much by doing so little, what could the thousands of moving companies across the country achieve if they worked together.
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We have partnered with leaders of the relocation industry to support our efforts. We have strong ties to the American Moving & Storage Association, and the Chair of the National Council of Moving Associations serves on our Board of Directors.
Currently Move For Hunger has partnered with Allied Van Lines, North American Moving Services, National Van Lines, Wheaton World Wide and Budd Van Lines as well as Victory Packaging and the National Association of Independent Truckers. Additionally Move For Hunger is working with 16 state associations to urge their members to join our cause.
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We are currently looking to expand our development capabilities are searching for a new staff member. In addition, we are always trying to find new ways to collaborate with other organizations, individuals, and Ashoka staff to creating more sustainable, systems based change.
Our team can offer connections to other social entrepreneurs as well as assistance in branding and event planning.