For the second year in a row, Moving Ahead Services, a Stevens Worldwide Van Lines agent, held a food drive from March 3 - April 30 as part of their local United Way's Feed Lake County campaign. Members of the community were invited to bring donations of peanut butter, tuna, canned fruits/vegetables, and other non-perishable items to Moving Ahead Services' office in Cleveland.
According to Moving Ahead Services' Operations Manager Adam Gurwell, the food drive is a natural extension of the work his team is doing on a day-to-day basis.
“We collect and donate food all year round but we try to push it a little more when they do the Feed Lake County Food Drive,” Gurwell told the News-Herald.
In 2017, Moving Ahead Services collected 360 lbs. of food during the Feed Lake County drive. This year, they collected nearly 4x that amount - 1,350 lbs. of food, which is the equivalent of 1,130 meals! All of the donations were delivered to the United Way of Lake County.
Gurwell recognizes that every community has people who are struggling to find their next meal, including Lake County, where 1 in 8 residents is food insecure.
"I know there is a lot of hunger all around us and a lot of times its hard to really identify the people that are hungry,” he said. “Statistics show that one out of every six children are hungry and that is really sad considering the area we live in. It’s definitely for a good cause and we are hoping to make a positive difference.”
There's no question that they did. Thank you to Adam and the rest of the Moving Ahead Services crew for everything you're doing to fight hunger in Ohio!
Did you know that food banks face their greatest need during the summer months? Hold a food drive and help provide meals to your neighbors in need!