Move For Hunger Offers Solutions To Hunger Problem [AUDIO]
Neptune-based Move For Hunger is using a network of resources to create one of the nation’s largest, year-round programs to address the growing issue of hunger.
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The organization was started four years by Adam Lowy, who wanted to take action on the amount of food wasted when people move from their homes. His family has operated Lowy’s Moving Company since 1924, so he’s witnessed this waste first-hand.
Move For Hunger collects unopened, non-perishable food donated when people move and delivers them to local food banks.
“What started here has now grown to work with over 450 moving companies, over 1,000 realtors, and have delivered over 1.4 million pounds of food to date,” Lowy said.
Lowy says the hunger problem is growing with 50 million Americans struggling to find food each day.
“People need to realize that hunger is that year-round problem, and we’re trying to offer a year-round solution.”
The group pushes this initiative by scheduling fun food collections, and hosting food drives at popular events throughout the calendar year. That was illustrated earlier this month when they turned the New Jersey Marathon into a giant food drive for the second consecutive year.
The NJ Marathon took on even more significant meaning this year, being held just a few weeks after the Boston Marathon Bombings.
“We were excited to be a part of it,” he explained. “We actually collected about 800 pounds of food this year, which went to local food banks, and that’s enough to provide over 600 meals to people in need.”
Move For Hunger urges everybody to remain aware about hunger throughout the summer, and not just during the holidays.
“We want to raise awareness about hunger in this nation and give people a simple opportunity to do something about it.”
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