Biz that Gives
Company brings food moving families left behind to foodbanks
- Adam Lowy owns a moving company for relocating families.
- He noticed that lots of food are being left behind or thrown to the trash during relocation.
- Move for Hunger was born out of the idea that these food can be donated to hungry and poor families.
Move for Hunger Founder and Executive Director Adam Lowy realized that there’s just much food left behind when families move to a new home. His solution: gather all of the left-behind food then donate them to starving families.
Adam came up with this idea when he first noticed how people throw away a lot of stuff when they move, especially food. “What bothered us was the perfectly good, nonperishable food that was getting left behind in the pantry, or simply thrown in the trash,” he said.
The drill is simple: Adam’s moving company helps families relocate stuff, while collecting food that are being left behind or thrown away in the trash.
Just within a month when Move for Hunger was born, Adam was able to gather and donate 300 pounds of food to a local food bank.
Growing in a well-off family, Adam was unaware of the thousands of people dealing with hunger every day. When he learned that there were more than 100,000 people — just in his county — who cannot eat a decent meal in a day, feeding the hungry has become his personal advocacy.
This simple yet life-changing idea has greatly impacted many poor families across the US and Canada, having established a network of over 1,000 moving companies to date. These companies then partner with local food banks, apartment communities, relocation management companies, and large multibillion companies like Target and Facebook.
With the growing number of partners, the nonprofit takes their campaign to a higher notch. Move for Hunger provides a briefer to clients educating them about a local need, and the moving company will provide a donation box and a recyclable food collection bag, putting everything in order, from collection to donation.
“You can simply put aside your nonprofit donations, and then we make sure that food gets picked up and delivered to a local food bank in the community,” Adam explained.
For nearly 11 years, Move for Hunger has delivered more than 20 million pounds of food to local food banks, providing 17 million meals to hungry and poor individuals. During the coronavirus pandemic, its efforts significantly increased to help more people as they battle against food insecurity.
According to Adam, their nonprofit connected with farms, retailers, and storage companies. In 2020 alone, Move for Hunger organized more than 1,000 food drivers and delivered more than 5 million pounds of food.
“We want to be a partner for them so they can spend more time getting food out the door rather than trying to figure out how they’re going to get food in the door. We’re 11 years in and I feel like we’re just getting started.”