April was a month of renewed partnerships and magnificent achievements for both Move For Hunger and our network. In a one week whirlwind event, several northAmerican® Van Line agents came together across the U.S. and Canada to simultaneously host food drives and transport the food to food banks.
The Great northAmerican® Food Drive took place from April 5-11 and collected 25,700 pounds, which will provide an incredible 21,500 meals to those struggling with food insecurity.
This significant contribution was made possible through this campaign that brought together 32 food drives hosted by different northAmerican® Van Line agents spread across 18 different states and Canada. Due to northAmerican's® extensive network, this amazing food donation was distributed to several local food banks in each state.
"northAmerican® Van Lines has been an amazing supporter of ours since our early days," says Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "When they approached us with this idea of holding 30+ food drives simultaneously, we jumped at the opportunity. While we host hundreds of food drives every year, we have never done one on this scale before."
Move For Hunger and northAmerican® Van Lines have been partners since 2011 and have 76 participating agents as part of the Move For Hunger network. Over the past eight years, northAmerican® Van Lines and its agents have helped transport over half a million meals to those in need.
"Food insecurity has always been a big issue in the United States and Canada, but the pandemic has amplified the need," said Kevin Murphy, Vice President and General Manager of northAmerican® Van Lines. "Food pantries have been hit with unprecedented requests for food from individuals and families directly impacted by COVID-19. northAmerican® and its agent network are committed to supporting the communities we serve in any way possible. We are proud and honored to partner with Move For Hunger, an organization that is truly making a difference in the fight against hunger."
The pandemic has massively impacted everyone in the U.S. and Canada. Over five million Americans fell into food insecurity since the start of the pandemic. Move For Hunger rose to the challenge by transporting 40% more food in 2020 than its previous record-setting year in 2019. Through the support of partners like northAmerican® Van Lines and its parent company SIRVA who is also a partner, Move For Hunger can continue to fight for the families, individuals, and children who are most in need of food assistance.
Whether you are a part of a moving and transport company or an individual that wants to fight against the rising food insecurity in America, there are several ways you can make an impact. Anyone can get involved in our mission by donating or hosting their own fundraiser or food drive!