With the holidays around the corner, we’re going to take a moment to brag about our philanthropic agents who continue to go above and beyond serving their communities. As you may know, September was Hunger Action Month – a month Move For Hunger spends educating the public on the hunger epidemic that has plagued our nation. This past September, our agents stepped up and took action – hosting food drives in office, transporting food drive collections to food banks and donating out of pocket. Check it out:
A-1 FREEMAN MOVING & STORAGE decided to get involved by holding a food drive at their Dallas office. Employees and members of the local community were encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, tuna fish, rice, beans, pasta, and canned soup/fruits/vegetables to help provide meals for their neighbors in need. In just a few weeks, they were able to collect nearly 800 pounds of food — that’s the equivalent of 645 meals! They then personally delivered all the donations to the North Texas Food Bank, which provides assistance to more than 830,000 people. Read more about the A-1 Freeman team’s food drives efforts.
ANDY’S TRANSFER & STORAGE had a mission: to fill one of their moving trucks with non-perishable food. Employees were asked to bring non-perishable donations (i.e. peanut butter, tuna fish, canned goods, pasta, cereal, etc.) throughout the entire month. On the final day members of the local community were invited to stop by the Andy’s Transfer & Storage warehouse and make a donation. Together, they collected 700 pounds of food — that’s enough to provide 580 meals! Andy’s Transfer & Storage personally delivered all the donations to the Salvation Army of Glendale People’s Choice Market.
BELTMANN RELOCATION GROUP knew the storm was coming and they wanted to be ready. As Hurricane Irma was preparing to make landfall in Florida, the Atlanta Branch purchased $10,000 worth of water and food, which they planned to deliver to the areas that were most severely impacted once the storm had passed. If the models held true, then Pompano Beach, home to one of Beltmann’s branches, would almost certainly get hit hard, too. Hurricane Irma, however, weakened and took a more westerly path. So, President Brett Battina contacted Move For Hunger to ask where was the best place to deliver this massive supply of food and water.
With the help of A-1 Moving & Storage, 23,000 lbs. of cargo were delivered to the Treasure Coast Food Bank in Fort Pierce. Learn more about Beltmann’s community efforts here.
HALL LANE MOVING AND STORAGE, based in Commack, NY, wanted to do something for the people who were affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Hall Lane supports the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach every year and recognized this event, with more than 80,000 people annually, would be a great place to collect donations for the victims of the devastating storm. Hall Lane Moving and Storage set up a truck at the walk and their goal was to fill the trailer with non-perishable food and toiletries. They also had collection boxes set up at different stands, including the Girl Scouts of Nassau, Signature Premier Properties, and Coldwell Banker Residential. That day, they managed to collect more than 1,000 pounds of food – enough to provide 830 meals! The food was delivered to Long Island Cares where all the food collected gets distributed to Puerto Rico to help the hurricane victims. What a great way to get community members together and step up to help those in need!
UNIVERSITY MOVING & STORAGE hosted an office food drive throughout the entire month of September. Employees were encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, such as rice, pasta, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal, and canned fruits/vegetables. At the end of the month, the University Moving & Storage team donated 256 pounds to the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan in Warren. But it doesn’t end there! The University team volunteered once again to support the annual University of Michigan “Trick-or-Can!” food drive. This year, the students collected 1,500 lbs. of food, which provides 1,250 meals to those in need!
University Moving & Storage delivered all the donations to Food Gatherers food bank in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
We’d also like to acknowledge the efforts of Great Plains Moving & Storage and their 80 pounds of client food donations as well as Oakley Relocation and their 756 pounds of client donations. If you are moving soon, learn how you can donate your non-perishables by simply setting them aside for your movers! Join our team and the fight to end hunger – one can at a time!
Thank you to all our northAmerican agents for taking action - making donations, transporting donations, and raising donations – you all make a difference and it doesn’t go unnoticed!