Earlier this month, Food Share of Ventura County reached out to Move For Hunger for help. The COVID-19 Pandemic has increased the demand for the food bank's assistance, and Food Share asked if we could connect them with moving company in Oxnard, CA that could transport multiple shipments of much-needed supplies. We, of course, wanted to help, but we didn't have any members of our network in that area. So, we recruited a new one!
Worldwide Moving & Storage is one of the newest members of our network, but they immediately stepped up. Within a half hour of our first phone call, we had scheduled a delivery of nearly 3,000 lbs. of lemons, which Worldwide Moving transported to Food Share on March 19. Then, just six days later, Worldwide Moving delivered 20 pallets of paper products and 20 pallets of diapers, which were donated by Procter and Gamble, to Food Share. A donation of that size would have taken Food Share 8 trips with their box truck, but Worldwide Moving & Storage's 26 ft. trailer was able to haul it in just 2 trips, which freed up time for the Food Share driving team to continue recovering and distributing food.
"This was such a huge help," said Tessa Salzman, Food Share's Food Sourcing Director. "Our whole team wants to send a big thank you to Jeff Sullivan and Worldwide Moving & Storage!"
Worldwide Moving & Storage has continued to help Food Share throughout the pandemic. Over the last 3 months, they have delivered nearly 44,000 lbs. of fresh fruits and vegetables to the food bank.
In the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many food pantries in Ventura County have closed so Food Share has been working on opening pop-up pantry sites to service food insecure and low-income families who depended on those pantries. Food Share’s dedicated team of employees and volunteers have been working hard to build emergency food boxes for their drive through pop-up pantry sites. As we all have experienced, household supplies like paper towels and diapers have become increasingly difficult to acquire. Thanks to the generous donation from P&G, and the volunteer efforts of Worldwide Moving & Storage, low-income families will now have access to the food and supplies they need. If you would like to learn more about the locations of pop-up pantries or what you can do to help, please click here.
There were more than 64,000 people in Ventura County who were food insecure before COVID-19, and that number has certainly increased over the past 3 months. Thank you to the team at Worldwide Moving & Storage for joining our network and making an instant impact during this time of crisis.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has left a massive economic impact and has drastically increased the need for emergency food assistance nationwide. Move For Hunger is actively searching for ways to meet the demand, but we need your help.