Team Move For Hunger is a national network of runners and walkers who dedicate their performance in road races to the 41 million Americans who are struggling with food insecurity. From 5Ks to ultramarathons, each race Team Move For Hunger participates in provides us with the resources we need to continue the fight against hunger. Unfortunately, food waste is a very common occurrence at these races, so while the team was turning their miles into meals at the Marine Corps Marathon in October, Hilldrup was rescuing food at the finish line.
The reason food waste is such an issue at road races is that the organizers typically order too much. Whatever doesn't make it into the stomachs of the runners and walkers eventually finds it's way into the trash. Thousands of pounds of fruit, bottled drinks, and granola bars are lost, but with the help of movers like Hilldrup, these snacks are able to be saved!
The Hilldrup team sure did save a lot of food in Arlington, Virginia that day. In fact, they packed their truck with more than 5,400 pounds of it! The food was then dropped off at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., and there is enough of it to place 4,530 meals on the tables of families and individuals in need. Can you believe that this much food gets thrown out after the average race? It happens all the time, but not that day!
We love to see our movers get involved in race pickups because they are such an easy way to collect large amounts of food that would otherwise go uneaten. A huge thanks to Hilldrup for volunteering their time and dedicating themselves to their local community. The food you picked up will help the nearly 85,000 people of Washington D.C. who are food insecure.
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