After 2020 threw the entire world upside down, 2021 was a year of rebuilding. With all of the challenges that the pandemic has created and highlighted, the Move For Hunger team rose to the challenge and came out even stronger as we begin 2022.
Through all of our efforts, we’re pleased to announce that we helped feed 3.9 million people across North America. This is the second-highest amount of food our organization has delivered in a single year during our 13-year existence. In total, we’ve delivered more than 26 million pounds which equals nearly 22 million meals – half of which has come within the past 3 years.
Move For Hunger has had to meet the growing need of food insecurity in the United States and Canada where 42 million Americans and 1 in 8 Canadians struggle with hunger. There has been a sharp increase in food insecurity since the pandemic and it impacts families in every part of our country.
Through the generous support of many partners, foundations, and donors, we’ve expanded our programs to help meet the increased need. We launched a fresh food recovery program, which helped recover and deliver more than 500,000 lbs of fresh produce to food banks and pantries across the nation. We grew our educational content and workshops to help more people empathize with those struggling with food insecurity.
Our Multifamily Program nearly tripled in size, engaging more than 600,000 apartment units around the issues of hunger and food waste. We created more virtual team building opportunities to meet the new, remote workforce where they are - at home - while finding unique ways to engage the communities they serve. We also looked inward, participating in our first Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion training as an organization, which is something we will continue in 2022.
As we look ahead to the year in front of us, we have some exciting new projects and initiatives planned. We’re looking forward to sharing those with you in the coming months, however before we do, let’s look back at 2021.
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