During 2020, all of us had to adapt to this new, socially-distant world. Earlier this year we introduced the Front Porch Food Drive, a socially distant way of collecting food from around the neighborhood. Kastle Systems, one of our partners, jumped at the opportunity to host their own and help their community
Kastle Systems, the leader in building security (think keyless entry, visitor access, cloud video surveillance, etc.), encouraged their employees to sign-up, and a few volunteers jumped at the opportunity. From the west coast to the east coast and a few spots in between, 11 employees signed-up to collect food.
To get started, volunteers first receive their bags and flyers in the mail from Move For Hunger. They then go around their community to drop individual bags off at neighbors’ front doors. The flyers encourage people to leave non-perishables such as canned vegetables, soup, and peanut butter in the bag and place it on their front porch a few days later when our volunteer will go back around to collect it all.
Veronique Korin led the charge by collecting 470 lbs of food (392 meals) which was transported by Paxton Van Lines to the Arlington Food Assistance Center in Virginia. In total, the Kastle’s Front Porch Food Drive collected 1,934 lbs which equates to about 1,600 meals.
The food comes at a critical time as businesses continue to be impacted by COVID closures and lines at food banks continue to get longer. Forty percent of people visiting food banks this year are visiting for the first time with an estimated 60% increase in overall traffic. In the Washington D.C. area, 1 in 9 people is food insecure.
Kastle Systems joined as an official partner in August and got started right away making an impact. They have since helped provide almost 125,000 meals to those in need.
Would you like to help fight the hunger crisis? Consider becoming a partner or signing up for your own Front Porch Food Drive.