Team Move For Hunger
Team Move For Hunger is a national network of runners and walkers who make a commitment to turn their miles into meals. Members of Team Move For Hunger dedicate their performance in road races – from 5Ks to full marathons – to the 42 million Americans who are struggling to find their next meal. Since 2014, Team Move For Hunger has raised more than $200,000 to support our mission of mobilizing the relocation industry to reduce food waste and fight hunger. The funds raised by Team Move For Hunger will provide us with the resources to continue rescuing food during the moving process and will allow us to help hundreds of people from all across the country hold a food drive in their community this year.
Turn Your Miles Into Meals
In 2017, organized 600 food drives.
Mobilized 850+ partners in the relocation industry
Helped feed over 8 million people
Team Move For Hunger has spots available for some of the most popular and competitive races in the United States. Don’t see a race in your area? No problem! You can turn your miles into meals wherever you are. Simply put the name of the race in your application and our Race Team Captain Emily will help get you signed up. Team Move For Hunger Calendar
Need More Info?Call or email Team Captain for all the details to see how YOU can turn your miles into Meals! 732-832-5025 | Emily@moveforhunger.org
We are grateful for every athlete who laces up their sneakers for Team Move For Hunger. To say thanks, we award prizes to all of our top fundraisers. Hit your goals and get the gear!
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Team Member Resources
One of the great things about being a member of Team Move For Hunger is that you don’t have to go it alone. Check out our library of training and fundraising resources for the tips and strategies that will put you on the path to success. Have a question that you don’t see covered? Just contact our Race Team Captain Emily. She’s here to help you every step of the way.
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Team Move For Hunger Fundraising TipsReady to start fundraising, but not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it might seem! You can get a head start by following these basic steps:
Set A GoalWhile the fundraising minimum is an easy goal to reach, it is beneficial to advertise a higher goal to your donors. This usually will encourage donors to contribute more, if they see your target amount is higher. It also helps to breakdown your goal in to smaller increments to make it less daunting to your donors. For example, if you set a goal of $1500, that’s only 100 donations of $15 each or 15 donations of $100 each.
Get Online:Upon registering with the Team Move for Hunger, you received a link for your own personal fundraising page through Crowdrise. This page will be your home base as far as communication with your donors, friends and family. Make this page as personal as you are – add photos, quotes or anything that is uniquely you!As donations come in, your total will automatically be updated and donors’ contributions will be posted on the website. Keep your communication open and your page up to date. It’s important for donors to know where their money is going and that you are making good on your promise. Also, be sure to add in any offline donations (checks or cash), every donor needs to be recognized for their contributions!
Get LoudNow that you’ve set your goal and created your fundraising page, it’s time to get the word out. Thanks to social media and the internet, it’s easier than ever to let people know about your commitment. First, be sure to identify your network. This can include, friends, family, coworkers, neighbors or just about anyone. Don’t be afraid to talk to people about your journey. Even though hunger is such a big problem, you would be amazed at how many people just don’t know the facts. Since some people are uncomfortable asking for money, make your pitch about the mission and very fact related.Check out our website for facts about hunger in America and share these startling statistics with potential donors. Send out emails and post on your social media pages to make your reach as big as possible. Choose your wording carefully and keep it fun, short and sweet – writing a novel will lose people’s attention real fast. Also, be sure to put a deadline that is a little before your actual fundraising deadline, this will ensure you have enough time for stragglers. Need more ideas? Email Emily@moveforhunger.org to help you get started!
Be CreativeIn addition to going online with your campaign, plan some “fun-raisers” to help solicit donations. Besides the typical car washes and bake sales, there are plenty of ways to get your local community involved in your mission. Movie nights, restaurant fundraisers, poker tournaments and company dress down days are great ideas. Also, talk to your employer about making a financial contribution. Many companies have a matching charitable contribution plan, where they will match what the employees donate. Check with your Human Resources department for any types of programs.
Keep In Touch:Even though you will be soliciting new donors, don’t forget about the ones that have already contributed. Be sure to send a thank you note or email after each donation, so they know their help is greatly appreciated. Recognition is key! Tag them in a Facebook post to let your friends know who has supported your cause. It might just encourage others to make a donation as well! Also, keep donors in your own database so you are able to keep in contact with them after the race, this additional attention will make it more likely that they will contribute again. People like to know where their money is going, it’s your job as a fundraiser to keep them up to date on your progress.
Training TipsIt doesn’t matter if you are a first-time runner or an experienced marathoner – we all need to train properly before we get to the starting line. Here are some simple guidelines to follow as you begin training for the big day.
Gear UpWhile running is one of the least expensive sports out there, there is still some basic equipment needed. If you haven’t done so already, take a trip to your local running specialty store and get properly fitted for shoes. Don’t fixate on brands or price, as these are not a good indication of a comfortable shoe. Everyone’s biomechanics are completely different and there is no one “right” shoe for everyone. Running is a very natural sport, therefore you want a shoe that feels like it’s not there. If any of them feel like you’re not wearing a shoe – those are for you! Remember, you’re going to be wearing them for a long time so anything rubbing, pinching or bothersome is going to be amplified by the end of the race.Don’t forget about the clothes and accessories too. While most clothing is fine for short distances, wear performance specific fabrics for longer runs to prevent chafing. Hats, glasses, hydration packs and compression gear are also very useful during endurance races. But save these extra purchases until after you have been training for a little bit, to see exactly what you need. None of these items are going to make you run better, just more comfortable. The more comfortable you are, the longer you are likely to go.
Eat RightTraining burns calories galore, but that doesn’t mean it’s an invitation to gorge on anything. Keep your diet in check by eating healthy and nutritious foods, to ensure your body is running at it’s best. Carbohydrates and protein are essential, as they are required for maintaining energy and building muscle. Also, don’t forget to drink water! Keeping hydrated on and off the course will help prevent cramps and dehydration. Also, it’s important to learn how to eat and drink while on the run. Your body will be burning calories at a faster rate so they should be replaced every 45-60 min you are running.Many runners choose a carbohydrate based snack like a Gu or PowerBar to replace valuable glycogen stores. Choose an electrolyte drink to take on your runs also, as it will keep you hydrated better than water alone. As with any food or drink, make sure to test it out on numerous training runs before the big day. Race day is the worst time to find out something doesn’t agree with you.
Take Your Time:If this is your first race, go at your pace. An endurance race is not a sprint, it requires strong lungs and muscles to go the distance. Follow a training plan that has you gradually build up to the race distance, incorporating rest days and cross training. The internet is full of great plans, ranging from beginner to seasoned racer. Check out this site for some easy to follow plans.As with anything, listen to your body. Aches and pains are normal with endurance training, but pay attention to anything out of the ordinary. With most injuries, rest and cross training can get you through but be sure to get professional medical advice to properly diagnose any conditions.
Get Social:Endurance training is a great way to get out and meet new people. Look around your community for local running clubs and shops to meet up with others who share your same fitness goals. Running groups are full of runners with every pace, goal and expertise – you’re bound to find someone you can pound the pavement with. Not only will you gain insightful information, you will make new friends that can help you cross that finish line. Some of the best friends are running buddies.Also, many people find it is easier to stick to a training plan when you go at it with a buddy. Enlist the help of someone to help keep you on track and responsible for making those early morning training runs. If you have a friend, family member or even a pet waiting for you, it is that much more difficult to cancel.
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Have Fun!The fact that this is supposed to be an enjoyable experience can easily get lost in your drive to fundraise and train to your upmost potential. While that is important, it’s equally essential to recognize what you’re actually doing – helping others put food on the table by completing an endurance event. Be proud of your accomplishment and enjoy every minute of your journey.