Winter Cornhole Classic Featured in Asbury Park Press

February 11, 2013

Taking aim at hunger in N.J.

 

 
New Jersey Fights Hunger With Cornhole
New Jersey Fights Hunger With Cornhole: Charity event in Asbury Park raises money to fight hunger.
 

Written by
Nicquel Terry
@NTerryAPP

 
ASB 0210 CORNHOLE Attendees participate in the Move for Hunger Charity Cornhole Tournament, at Porta in Asbury Park, Sunday, February 10, 2013. ASBURY PARK PRESS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER/MARY FRANK – ASBURY PARK- NJ – NEWS – 2/10/13.
Attendees participate in the Move for Hunger charity cornhole tournament at Porta restaurant in Asbury Park Sunday. / MARY FRANK/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
 

ASBURY PARK — Dozens of cornhole players assembled at Porta restaurant Sunday evening to raise money for hunger, thanks to a Neptune-based nonprofit.

Thirty-two local teams competed in a series of games at the Winter Cornhole Classic, hosted by Move For Hunger.

The organization, founded in 2009, partners with more than 400 moving companies across the country to collect unwanted nonperishable foods from people who are relocating. The food is delivered to local food banks, said Adam Lowy, founder of Move For Hunger.

The first cornhole tournament was held last summer at Porta, Lowy said. He anticipated the Winter Cornhole Classic on Sunday would raise at least $1,500. Teams donated a $40 registration fee.

Cornhole is a lawn game in which players toss bags at a raised platform, aiming for a hole at the far end.

“It’s just one of those games a lot of people can get involved with,” Lowy said. “The cost is really low, and we are able to make people aware of hunger in a fun way.”

Lowy said he launched the organization after his family moving company collected nearly 300 pounds of food from customers and donated it to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. At that point he discovered the great need for food locally and nationally.

Fifty million Americans struggle to find their next meal and 17 million children go to bed hungry every night, according to the Move for Hunger website. Lowy said about 125,000 people in Monmoth and Ocean counties don’t have enough food to eat.

Pat Pfleger of Oceanport is a Move for Hunger supporter who participated in the cornhole tournament Sunday.

“I think what they are doing today is just wonderful,” Pfleger said. “They are very dedicated, very serious about what they do.”

Jim Valente, of West Allenhurst, played in the tournaments for the second time on Sunday. Cornhole is also a summer hobby for the 25-year-old.

“I think it’s a great cause,” Valente said.

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