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Summer of Giving 2022: A Wrap-Up of Food Drives Across the Country

October 5, 2022

This summer, Move For Hunger was proud to work with our multifamily partners to host a number of food drives aimed at providing meals to those in need. From Can Castle to Shark Week, college student move-outs to back to school, and thousands of pounds of food collected this summer to help feed communities in need. 

Here’s a look back at all of the incredible work done this summer:Image (1) (1).jpeg

Constructing Meals - Can Castle:
Across nine properties with Cortland Partners, residents brought nonperishable canned goods to create the best castle structure with them. What started out as a fun and unique way to help fight food insecurity in their communities became a smashing success, collecting over 2,800 lbs of food, which is more than 2,300 meals. Donations were collected and distributed to food banks across Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, Tennessee, and North Carolina. 

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the help of our partnered moving companies: Nelson Westerberg of Texas; Ward North American - Houston, a North American Van Line; and Two Men and A Truck Twin Cities and Western WI, a Two Men Van Line. 

Can Castles are an exciting way for a community to come together and help collect food to assist those most in need. We’re extremely grateful for all of the work put forth by our multifamily and moving partners this summer that turned out to make these events possible and help so many in their communities. If you’re looking for a new way to collect food this upcoming holiday season, consider starting a can castle food drive!

Fintastic Food Drives with Shark Week:
 IMG-3671 (1).jpgShark Week food drives have been a staple for years - but there were some that took place this summer that we have to highlight. Across 11 different properties, Paradigm Management properties collected over 1,400 lbs of food - nearly 1,200 meals! From the Washington, D.C. corporate office alone, 370 lbs were collected and transported by CORT Washington to the Arlington Food Assistance Center, which is over 300 meals. 

  Additionally, Chestnut Hill Realty hosted food drives across a handful of different properties and leasing offices, collecting almost 500 lbs of food, nearly 400 meals. Huge thanks to Fincor Boston Regional for their assistance transporting donations to United Church of Christ - Pilgrim Church of Duxbury.

Moving Out & Back to School:
As college students move out as their leases end, a lot of food is thrown out. Instead of having that food go to waste, Move For Hunger encourages movers to collect and donate that food to people in need. 

Amongst some of our multifamily partners, we saw a number of food drives to collect food that would otherwise be left behind and go to waste. At three McKinney Properties locations, a total of 1,000 lbs of food was collected, which is almost 850 meals! 15 Scion Group properties collected over 2,500 lbs of food - over 2,000 meals. Last, but certainly not least, at seven Greystar properties, almost 750 lbs total were collected, giving almost 625 meals to their communities.  

As summer comes to a close and children begin returning to the classroom, several Back to School food drives were held at our multifamily partners. A property with the Dolben Company collected almost 40 lbs, over 30 meals. Pillar Properties held food drives at two properties, collecting over 500 lbs of food - over 400 meals! MiniMoves_Food_For_Hunger_2022 (1).jpg 

Other Summer Food Drives:
We also want to take this opportunity to spotlight AMLI Management Company, which held food drives this summer at seven different properties, collecting almost 1,000 lbs of food - that’s nearly 800 meals - to help those in need in their communities. 

With a great summer behind us, we’re looking ahead here at Move For Hunger. With a busy holiday season just around the corner, we encourage you to consider what ways you can make an impact in the fight against hunger in your community - maybe hold a food drive! If you want to learn more about hunger, and the ways you can get involved, please be sure to take a look around our website.