Move For Hunger Integrating Food Recovery Into Employee Relocation Process
May 16, 2017
Daniel Beam, Communications Manager, Move For Hunger
People tend to throw a lot of things away when they move: furniture, clothes…and even perfectly good food. One can of soup here and there might not seem like a big deal, but when you consider that 40 million Americans will move this year, there’s the potential for a lot of food waste during the relocation process.
Move For Hunger provides a simple solution to this massive problem. We work with more than 750 moving companies all across the United States and Canada to rescue unopened, non-perishable from their customers and deliver it to local food banks.
Since 2009, our network has collected and delivered more than 8 million pounds of food – that’s 6.6 million meals – to food banks and pantries nationwide. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, but we know we have the capability to do so much more.
For instance, most large corporations have some kind of formal relocation policy to help attract and retain talent. Today’s employees, however, demand more than just perks; they want their company to be socially-responsible, sustainable, and green. That’s why we have started encouraging several large companies to incorporate Move For Hunger into their employee relocation process. Giants like Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Bridgestone, and Sodexo have already committed to integrating the program into their policies. These new relationships will help us recover thousands of additional pounds of food every year. They will also put pressure on the nation’s leading relocation companies to make Move For Hunger a standard part of their workforce mobility services, which would greatly increase the scale of our impact.
This is only the beginning. Last week, I spoke to a representative from Imlach & Collins Brothers, a moving company in Dallas that has embraced our program to the fullest extent. She told me that Move For Hunger is more than just a way to give back to their community. Our partnership is one of the first things she mentions to clients and prospective employees. It’s part of their culture.
By introducing Move For Hunger through employee relocation, we hope to open the door to further action with corporations outside of the moving industry. Perhaps it’s something as simple as organizing a company-wide food drive, or introducing their leadership to the programs the Alliance is working on. Ultimately, we want to help these companies make fighting hunger part of their culture, too.