Move For Hunger announced today that University Moving & Storage, a North American Van Lines agent, has been named its Mover of the Year. In 2019, University Moving & Storage delivered nearly 6,000 lbs. of food to food banks and pantries in the greater Detroit area, which is enough to provide more than 4,900 meals. The award will be presented on March 17 at the American Moving & Storage Association’s 2019 Education Conference and Expo in Orlando, FL.
People tend to throw a lot of “stuff” away when they move, including perfectly good food. As part of Move For Hunger’s national network of nearly 1,000 professional moving companies, University Moving & Storage encourages their customers to donate their unopened, non-perishable food when they move and volunteers to deliver the donations to the local food bank, free of charge.
In addition to collecting food from people who are moving, University Moving & Storage has also volunteered to assist Move For Hunger’s other initiatives. In 2019, University Moving & Storage partnered with Kroger and Circle K, a student volunteer group at the University of Michigan, to hold food drives. University Moving & Storage also helped organize the Detroit Truck Pull in August, which raised more than $40,000 to support Move For Hunger’s programs.
“University Moving & Storage worked tirelessly to support our mission to reduce food waste and fight hunger this year,” said Adam Lowy, Executive Director/Founder of Move For Hunger. “Their generosity, passion, and commitment are an inspiration to the entire Move For Hunger network. We are so proud to call University Moving & Storage our 2019 Mover of the Year.”
“We believe we can influence our company, community, and clients to work together to end hunger in Michigan and the US. One example of what we can do was the second annual Detroit Truck Pull event, presented by Kroger, and organized in conjunction with the Detroit Regional Relocation Council. Hopefully this is just the beginning,” said Ben Cross, University Moving & Storage’s Vice President of Development. “This award is a great honor for our team. Our hope is that we can provide a blueprint for moving and relocation companies looking to impact hunger relief in their cities.”
More than 40 million Americans, including 1 in 6 children, are food insecure – which means that they lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Meanwhile, 40% of all the food in the United States is wasted. University Moving & Storage recognized the tragedy of so much food going to waste when so many people don’t have enough to eat, and joined Move For Hunger in 2013 to help rescue food and provide meals to their neighbors in need.
Move For Hunger is a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit www.MoveForHunger.org.
University Moving and Storage is a supplier of moving, storage and distribution services to household, corporate and government clientele since 1969. Our teams of professional movers provide these services for customers moving locally, intrastate, interstate and internationally. Headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI with offices in Grand Rapids, MI; Cincinnati, OH and Indianapolis, IN, University has consistently ranked as a top-5 affiliate of North American Van Lines, an industry leader worldwide among professional movers. We are proud to be a woman owned business since 1986. For more information, please visit www.universitymoving.com/.
Dan Beam, Communications Manager
Move For Hunger
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