Going Green – How Move For Hunger Helps Races Nationwide
In the United States, 40% of all food grown and processed is lost or wasted. Meanwhile, 41 million Americans struggle to find their next meal. It’s shocking to see how much goes to waste while it could benefit those in need. Here at Move For Hunger, we not only strive to keep meals on the table for our food insecure friends and neighbors, but we also are dedicated to fighting food waste in numerous ways.
In addition to collecting food during the relocation process, large food rescues are another way our movers make a big impact. Over the last 6 years, our network of dedicated moving professionals have volunteered their time, staff, and equipment to collect and deliver leftover food from marathons, half marathons, 5ks, and triathlons nationwide. By offering their services, these movers are a huge help to food banks as transportation is their biggest expense. And of course, these amazing members do it on a volunteer basis, completely free of charge for the race and food bank.
If you’ve ever completed a race, you will notice the finish line area is full of food and beverages to aid in an athlete’s recovery. Everything from bottled water to bananas to even boxed lunches is available to runners as part of their entry fee. But what happens to all that leftover food after the race? Some races will take the non-perishables to another event but most will find a way to donate it locally. Sadly, however, sometimes it is completely wasted and ends up in a landfill when it could help a family in need. To make sure this much-needed food makes it to the table, our movers will pick up the food immediately after the race and deliver to the closest food bank. Not only is it usually a large amount of food (ranges from 5,000 all the way up to 40,000 pounds per race), but it is high in nutritional value, perfect for distribution by the food bank.
Thanks to large endurance races like the Boston, Miami, Los Angeles and numerous Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons and triathlons across the country, our movers have delivered more than 750,000 pounds of food/drinks from these events since 2014.
Want to get your moving company involved in a race pick up? Email Emily to see the opportunities in your area!