Adam Lowy: Move For Hunger – Supporting the Efforts of Local Food Banks to End Hunger
Can you share with us your background and your career?
Adam founded Move For Hunger in the summer of 2009. Adam’s family has owned a moving company in New Jersey for nearly 100 years (dating back to Great-Grandpa Lowy). After years of seeing so much food wasted when people move, Adam decided to take action.
Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with the relocation industry to support the efforts of local food banks. When people move, they throw out a lot of “stuff” when they move. Unfortunately, some of this “stuff” is food that could be delivered to a family in need rather than thrown away. By teaming up with relocation companies across the country, Move For Hunger is creating one of the nation’s largest year-round service programs. Transportation partners offer to pick up the unwanted, non-perishable food items from those who are moving and deliver it to their local food banks.
What started with Adam’s family’s small moving company has grown to work with thousands of moving, relocation, and multifamily professionals across the US & Canada. Together, they have collected over 26 million lbs. of food for food banks across the nation – enough to feed more than 21 million people.
Adam is working hard to create a sustainable solution to food waste in the US. By incorporating philanthropy into the relocation process, Move For Hunger is educating and engaging more people to participate in this solution each and every day.
Adam proudly represents the New York City Hub of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community where he proudly represented the community at the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos in 2015 – speaking on panels about sustainability. In 2014, he was honored among Forbes 30 Under 30. In 2011 he was honored at the VH1 Do Something Awards and NBC American Giving Awards for his commitment to creating social change.
Adam appeared on a variety of morning news networks discussing the state of food insecurity in this country, and has given keynote talks at universities and corporations around the themes of Innovation, Sustainability, and Building A Movement.
What makes your company stand out from others that are in your space?
When tackling hunger and food waste, one of the biggest challenges many organizations face is transportation. For Move For Hunger, this is our strength. We have brought together moving and transportation companies from across the US & Canada and set them to purpose. By making hunger and food recovery part of these companies’ daily operational processes, we are literally driving more food to food banks each and every day.
How is Move for Hunger changing the way Hunger is handled and talked about?
Move For Hunger brings together the leaders of entire industries and is creating champions for the cause. Companies like Allied Van & North American Van Lines or Cortland Properties have now made food insecurity part of their marketing and communications. Their customers and residents have opportunities to engage, and you can see their commitment daily through their social media channels. Additionally, Move For Hunger’s partners educate millions of people each year about hunger. These aren’t people that signed up for a food bank’s mailing list, but rather people that just happened to be moving and now have the opportunity to take action.
What is Move for Hungers overall mission in educating people about Hunger and what can they do to support you?
Move For Hunger mobilizes transportation resources to fight hunger and reduce food waste. Prior to the pandemic, 37 million Americans struggled with hunger. Today, 42 million Americans (including 1 in 6 children) are food insecure. Those wanting to learn more or take action can visit www.moveforhunger.org. We have complied some incredible resources on hunger and food waste as well as provide a plethora of opportunities to organize food drives, fundraisers, or simply donate food or funds to support our cause.
Are you working on any exciting new projects now?
In addition to transportation, refrigeration is often a major obstacle in getting food to people in need. This year, we are teaming up with farmers and community organizations to help build out more cold chain infrastructure to keep food fresh longer – so it can make its way to families in need before it spoils.
Where do you see your company going in this new year and in the future?
While the pandemic slowed down everyone’s operations, food insecurity accelerated. Move For Hunger is racing to meet the need by expanding our network, launching new programs, and ensuring that food banks have the resources they need to help distribute more food to struggling families.
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