Move For Hunger Expands Program with Support from CORT
National nonprofit teams up with furniture rental and retail company to combat food insecurity.
CHANTILLY, Va. (Nov. 13, 2017) – According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), approximately 40 percent of all food produced in the United States each year is lost or wasted. Move For Hunger, a nonprofit that mobilizes the relocation industry to reduce food waste and fight hunger, is taking a stance to combat this issue. Today, Move For Hunger announced it will be working with CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, to support its mission.
“Reducing national food waste by just 15 percent would provide enough food for more than 25 million Americans every year,” said Adam Lowy, executive director, Move For hunger. “Partnerships with companies like CORT allow us to rescue even more non-perishable food items and fill the cupboards of less-fortunate families in the communities we serve.”
Move For Hunger was founded in 2009 when Adam Lowy, who was working for his family-owned moving company in New Jersey, noticed the tons of food people throw out when moving. By connecting with moving companies and other organizations within the relocation industry, the program provides boxes and supplies to property management companies and the means to get the food to local food banks, playing an integral role in hunger relief at the grassroots level.
“This is a natural alliance, as we have resources already in place, with team members visiting property management companies on a regular basis and trucks to deliver the food collected,” said Lauren Castle, national accounts manager at CORT. “It's the right thing and something that everyone can get behind. We have launched the program with Move For Hunger in four markets, including: Seattle, Reno, San Francisco and Sacramento; and we look forward to expanding across the CORT footprint in the coming year.”
Move For Hunger currently partners with more than 750 moving companies, realtors, corporate housing providers, relocation management companies and apartment communities to reduce food waste and fight hunger across the United States and Canada. “In fact, the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association and ABODA, a leading global housing provider that CORT works closely with to provide furnishings and housewares for temporary relocations, played a key role in facilitating the relationship that led to the partnership between Move For Hunger and CORT,” says Castle.
As Move For hunger continues to expand they hope to see more companies in the industry join their efforts. It’s an opportunity to come together as an industry to make an impact on the 42 million Americans affected by food insecurity.
If you would like to partner with Move For Hunger, please visit moveforhunger.org/get-involved/ for more information.
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About Move For Hunger
Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste. In addition to collecting food from people who are moving to new homes, Move For Hunger helps companies and individuals across the United States and Canada organize successful food drives. To date, they have collected more than 9 million pounds of food. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit www.MoveForHunger.org.
CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is the nation's leading provider of transition services, including furniture rental for home and office, event furnishings, destination services, apartment locating, touring and other services. With more than 100 offices, showrooms and clearance centers across the United States, operations in the United Kingdom and partners in more than 80 countries around the world, no other furniture rental company can match CORT's breadth of services and companywide commitment to making a house a home, an office a great place to work and an event a memorable celebration. For more information, please visit www.cort.com.
ABODA is an innovative leader in global housing management services, providing responsive, reliable and resourceful solutions to some of the biggest brands in the world. ABODA Global Housing Management uses a logistics-focused approach, combining the best of program planning and administration, inventory management, execution, service delivery and technology to help corporate clients operate more efficiently and enhance customer experiences. ABODA also offers furnishings, property management, and cleaning services in the Greater Seattle Area. Employee-owned ABODA is flexible enough to meet clients’ ever-changing business needs through its award-winning customer service. Learn more about ABODA at www.aboda.com or call 1-888-389-0500.
About Washington Multi-Family Housing Association
The Washington Multi-Family Housing Association is the Washington State chapter of the National Apartment Association. WMFHA is a collection of over 120 Property Management companies, over 1,300 Apartment Communities, representing over 200,000 apartment homes, and 220 service suppliers working together to promote and enrich the multi-family housing industry in Washington state. For more information please visit www.wmfha.org.