Every year, Move for Hunger looks forward to our Spread The Love Food Drives in the month of February. Our Spread The Love initiative is meant to encourage our communities to donate jars of peanut butter and jelly to help fight childhood hunger. Peanut butter is one of the most frequently requested items from food banks because of its long shelf life, not to mention it is kid-friendly and high in protein.
Spread the Love is one of our favorite times of the year. We had more than 300 food drives across the country and collected over 26,000 pounds of peanut butter and jelly. This year, we would like to highlight the campaigns that stood out!
From February 8 to February 28, the Women of Purpose of Maple Springs Baptist Church and Youth & Young Adult Ministry hosted a Spread The Love Food Drive. These wonderful women collected 1,142 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for the ICAC Oxon Hill Food Pantry. Hilldrup of Forestville, Maryland assisted in transporting the 951 meals. This Spread The Love Food Drive was Women of Purpose’s first campaign with Move for Hunger! In Maryland, 1 in 6 children are currently fighting food insecurity. We are grateful the Women of Purpose are working hard to do their part for their community, and we look forward to working with them again.
Quicken Loans Spread The Love Food Drive was held between February 14 through February 28. Davcon Relocation assisted in transporting 880 pounds of peanut butter and jelly to the Blessings of Hope food bank. This Pennsylvania event was held by Lisa Fontana of Quicken Loans. Quicken Loans has been a partner of ours since 2014 and has donated over $6,000 throughout our 7 year partnership! In Pennsylvania, over 300,000 children are facing food insecurity. We are thankful for people like Lisa Fontana, who is using her free time to fight the hunger crisis.
From February 1 to February 25, the Sterling Corporation hosted a Spread The Love Food Drive. They collected 2,900 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Massachusetts. This was the Sterling Corporation’s first food drive, and they provided over 2,400 meals. Over the course of being one of our movers this past year, Sterling has helped transport over 7,000 meals! In Massachusetts, 1 in 10 children struggle with hunger. Thank you, Sterling Corporation, for giving back to your community.
Pillar Properties in Seattle has been working hard in February and collected 90 bags of food from six properties during their Spread The Love Food Drive. They have also raised $250! Overall, Pillar has provided 675 meals to the Northwest Harvest Food Bank. Pillar joined the Move for Hunger family in 2014 and has donated over $3,800 the past 7 years! In Seattle, 1 in 6 kids live in households that struggle with food insecurity. Pillar Properties, thank you, for continuing to support your community!
The Village Green Property Management company is another property management group that involved in February. They hosted a portfolio wide food drive and fundraiser across the diverse set of communities. They ended up collecting nearly 2,700 pounds of food (2,250). Even the corporate offices got involved by donating 500 meals! Along with their fundraiser, The Village Green, in total, helped provide over 3,000 meals! Based out of Detroit, the food was transported by CORT and transported to the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan where they help cover an area that has more than a half a million food insecure people.
Windsor Communities has been hosting their own Spread the Love Food Drives in several different apartment complexes across the country. They have collected 2,494 pounds of peanut butter and jelly at 15 different properties! They also hosted a fundraiser that helped bring in nearly $3,500. Combined the two initiatives helped provide over 11,000 meals to those in need. We have been working with Windsor since 2018, and they have continued to show up and put in hard work hosting food drives.