A dozen cans of vegetables. A few jars of applesauce. Some coffee, pasta, and cereal. Did you know your pantry discards can make a difference in the fight against hunger? For this reason, Atlas and its agents are stepping up...making it easier for you to help others.
The concept is simple. When people move, they empty their cupboards. Now Atlas, as a partner with Move For Hunger, is making sure those food items can go to families in need. They volunteer to pick up and deliver unopened, shelf-stable food items to food banks in their communities.
"It's estimated that 50 million Americans today will struggle to find their next meal," says Jack Griffin, Atlas President and COO. "Move For Hunger is putting a dent in that number."
Atlas officially joined Move For Hunger on February 1, 2013 as an Epic Partner. To mark the start of this partnership, employees from Atlas headquarters organized a food drive at area Schnucks Markets. They collected 3,050 pounds of food and $850 for the local Tri-State Food Bank.
"It only takes 1.3 pounds of food to provide a meal for someone in need," says Adam Lowy, Founder and Executive Director of Move For Hunger. By that reckoning, Atlas and its agents have already fed tens of thousands of people. That number is growing every day, as more people become aware of the service.
"We are thrilled to kick off the new year with the support of Atlas Van Lines," says Adam. "They have already shown an incredible passion for our cause and commitment to fighting hunger. Move For Hunger aligns directly with what we do on a day-to-day basis for our customers," says Jack. "America is always on the move, so there is a never-ending opportunity to help. We are excited to be a partner in this effort."
"We've received a tremendous response from our agents who want to take part in Move for Hunger," says Katie O'Niones, Marketing Specialist, Atlas Van Lines. "We're working with them to get the word out and make a difference in their communities." For more information about joining the cause, reach Katie at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding a "Mover Who Gives Back"
As of April 2013, more than 80 Atlas agents across the U.S. have joined the cause. To support the efforts of partners, MFH maintains an active public relations effort via social media. Continual updates keep people informed of food events and donations in their communities. When families move, they can use the interactive search tool at www.moveforhunger.org to find a mover who shares their desire to give something back.