Our partners from Assurant recently completed their Turning Miles Into Meals challenge, a virtual fundraiser to support Move For Hunger's COVID-19 relief efforts. Assurant's employees were encouraged to stay active, at a safe social distance, to help Move For Hunger provide meals to families, children, seniors and vulnerable communities during the pandemic.
From April 12-May 11, 162 Assurant employees participated and together they walked, jogged and completed other activities in which they collectively traveled 14,345 miles in support of our mission to reduce food waste and fight hunger! The Assurant Foundation made a $50,000 donation to Move For Hunger on behalf of their employees, which will help us provide 120,000 meals to Americans who are facing hunger in the weeks and months ahead.
The Turning Mile Into Meals fundraiser was open to Assurant's Multifamily & Global Housing teams and was led by Ryan Lumdsen, President, Global Multifamily Housing. We tracked the overall distance, steps, and activity minutes of those who participated using the MoveSpring app. To help keep everyone motivated throughout the month, we also held group and individual challenges on Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, and more! MoveSpring allowed Assurant employees from all across the country to chat and share their updates and featured leaderboards which helped to promote a little friendly competition.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the number of people who are struggling financially with the ability to put food on the table so completing this challenge and supporting the critical work of Move For Hunger are more important than ever,” said Ryan Lumsden, President of Multifamily Housing, Assurant.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has had a massive economic impact and drastically increased the need for emergency food assistance nationwide. Move For Hunger has been working tirelessly to support our nation's food banks, but we rely on the support of partners like Assurant to help us coordinate food rescues, organize food drives, and expand our network.
"More than 37 million Americans were food insecure even before the pandemic, and we know that number has increased substantially," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director/Found of Move For Hunger. "We are so grateful to Assurant and their employees for stepping up and helping us fight hunger during this unprecedented crisis."
Move For Hunger has helped provide nearly 2 million meals to food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click Here to get your company involved with our virtual employee engagement opporutnities. You can also support our efforts by making a financial contribution here.