For the second year in a row, one of our very own hosted a food drive in his own community in Wyoming, Ohio, a town in Cincinnati. Adam Bianco, our Director of Marketing, who joined Move For Hunger in the fall of 2020, hosted the inaugural Wyoming Community Food Drive last spring and it was a huge hit! The town rallied together at the height of the pandemic to donate 8,000 lbs of food (over 7,000 meals) to the local food pantry.
“Last year, I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing,” Adam said. “Of course, working at Move For Hunger has its advantages because I could get the inside scoop on the supplies and tips needed, but my wife and I were so new to the community that I didn’t know where to start.”
Adam moved to Cincinnati in the summer of 2020. “This year, we had a great starting point since we worked out so many kinks last year. We wanted to do it bigger and better this year by delivering a food collection bag to every single-family home in Wyoming.”
Adam and a team of local volunteers passed out over 2,500 bags all throughout Wyoming and he estimates about one and every three houses donated.
“We know that food insecurity hits every community and Wyoming isn’t an exception. There are neighbors in need that are struggling to put food on the table. This is an opportunity for the community to clean out their pantries, or go to the store, and help their neighbors.”
The event was part of Upcycle Weekend which comprises of a big recycling (upcycle) day, and a junk day to throw out anything that can’t be recycled. “Last year we just happen to coincide with Upcycle Weekend and it worked out great. People already had the mindset of cleaning out their houses and food donations were a perfect addition to what they were already doing. This year, we intentionally made it part of that weekend.”
When the dust settled and all the food was collected and moved by Moving Ahead Services to Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, the community of Wyoming donated another 6,200 meals.
“We were thrilled once again by the response from the community! Over the past 2 years, Wyoming has provided over 13,000 meals,” Adam exclaimed.
This also isn’t the first transport for Moving Ahead Services. Earlier this month, Moving Ahead Services in Cleveland worked with Sprinly to deliver over 1,000 meals to the Salvation Army. Sprinly is a plant-based meal delivery service that so far this year as donated over 5,000 meals to the local community.
Moving Ahead Services has been a part of the Move For Hunger network and has delivered more than 80,000 meals across Ohio. Every single one of the meals is needed where over 1.5 million people (1 in 7) are struggling with food insecurity.
When asked if Adam was going to host another food drive again, he didn’t hesitate, “We 100% will do it again next year. We got the city office more involved this year and we can continue to make it bigger and better. I have a few ideas already cooking!”