We can help recover bulk amounts of nonperishable food from a variety of donors

Our program facilitates the recovery of bulk nonperishable food from community events like races and festivals at no cost to you, as well as surplus or short-dated products from manufacturers and distributors. We seamlessly coordinate with event organizers to ensure smooth food recovery and assist businesses in redirecting surplus goods to reduce food waste and hunger.

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Who We've Worked With

With Over 3 million lbs of Nonperishable Recoveries and growing!

Move For Hunger launched a Nonperishable Bulk Recovery Program in 2023 and was able to rescue over 1 million pounds in the first year alone!


Races & Festivals
We make sustainability and food recovery easy for YOU! Collect nonperishable goods and we will make sure a hunger relief organization in the local community receives the donation.


Surplus product can cost time and labor. We can assist you in reaching your environmental, social, and financial sustainability goals by hauling surplus goods to feed the community for free. Reduce landfill hauling, reduce food waste, & reduce hunger.


Short-dated or rejected product
Short-dated product and rejected loads can put you in a pickle! We’re here to help. We’re able to quickly coordinate with our transportation network to move the product and hunger relief community to find organizations that will accept the product. 
Rescuing 30,000 Pouches

Together with GoGo Squeeze, we rescued approximately 29,800 pounds of applesauce and other fruit and veggie pouches, which equates to around 122,000 pouches. These were then distributed between two hunger relief organizations, Catholic Charities, and Bremen Township in collaboration with United Way of Chicago.

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How it Works

Since 2009, our network has helped transport over 42 million lbs of food to local food banks and pantries across North America.


Network of Movers

We have over 1,200 moving companies that volunteer their time and resources.


No Cost to You

It may sound too good to be true, but that's how we work.


Transport Guidelines

If the food transport is over 500lbs going less than 100 miles round trip, we can help!

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23.5 million Americans live in a food desert with little access to fresh produce

With our network of transportation partners nationwide, we can bring more healthy perishable foods to communities in need.

At the core of our work in food recovery is a dedication to hunger relief, sustainability, and partnership.

Working with partners who share our goals and mindset isn't just about salvaging surplus food; it's about building a sustainable ecosystem where every meal rescued becomes a beacon of hope in our fight against hunger, a testament to the power of collaboration, and advancing a future where access to nutritious meals is a universal right.

- Carlyn O'Hearn,
Food Recovery Specialist

how can we help?

Move For Hunger works with more than 1,200+ transportation companies who provide free services to recover and transport food donations to food banks and pantries across the U.S. and Canada. 

  • Loads may range from 500 lbs (approx. 1 pallet) to a tractor-trailer load.
  • Refrigerated transports are available for 8,000 pounds or more
  • Pickups in as little as 48 hours
  • Larger loads transported up to 300 miles


If this is an urgent/time-sensitive transportation request, please reach out to our teams directly at [email protected]

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Is there a fee?

No! Our transportation services are 100% free to the donor and the food bank.

Can you transport gleaned product and other fresh fruits and vegetables?


Can you transport food/drinks that need to be refrigerated?

Yes, these will typically involve transports of 8,000 or more pounds.

Can you make regular pickups?

Yes! We would love to schedule regular pickups if you have weekly or monthly donations.

Is there a minimum amount of food required to schedule a pickup?

Yes, the minimum food donation is 500 pounds.

How far are you able to travel for a pickup/delivery?

Transportation should be less than 100 miles round trip. In some cases, we are able to accommodate longer trips, but generally, the shorter the distance, the more likely it is we can help.

Is there any food you won’t transport?

We’re working to fight food insecurity, so we only transport food that will ultimately be offered to clients for free. Food should be palletized and/or packaged and ready for pickup. We are not able to transport prepared food items, such as leftover hot meals from a restaurant or catered event. 

What is the Good Samaritan Act?

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act offers legal protection to those donating food to nonprofit organizations, encouraging contributions from a wide array of donors including individuals, businesses, and institutions. Together, the Act and the program demonstrate a synergistic approach to reducing food waste and addressing hunger by connecting surplus food with needy communities.