The #GiveHealthy Movement is Growing!

If you live in the Northeast US, spring is the time to plant your seeds.  Look for the sprouts and then watch those plants grow.

We (and many, many others) planted a big seed earlier this month with the launch of the #GiveHealthy Movement.  It’s sprouted and now its growing!  Check out all of the #GiveHealthy Partners, Ambassadors and Advisory Board Members.  And more pics below from the #GiveHealthy launch!

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#GiveHealthy Launches!

We announced #GiveHealthy in March and the #GiveHealthy movement launched at the Broccoli City Festival in Washington DC on May 6, 2017.   The Festival is about many things, including great music, culture and social impact.  And its about healthy food access, particularly in urban areas.   A perfect place to launch our movement to change the most common form of giving in the US so that everyone donates healthy food.  Some pretty cool shots of people getting excited and having fun at the #GiveHealthy launch!

 

#GiveHealthy Gets Going!

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#GiveHealthy is the start of a movement and it starts today!  That’s big news.  We’re thrilled to be a part of it.

Donating food is the most popular form of giving in the United States.  More people donate food than watch the Superbowl.  That’s the good news.

The not good news?  A lot of the food people donate is unhealthy.  Highly processed canned goods.

Why does this matter?  Because hunger is a health issue.  People struggling with hunger also face high rates of diet related health issues – obesity, diabetes, cancer and more.

They need healthy food, not just any old food.

That’s where #GiveHealthy comes in.  It’s designed to raise things like fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and other healthy food and to heighten public awareness that hunger is a health issue.

So instead of donating this:

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People donate things like this:

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This is what healthy food looks like!

I hope you will check out #GiveHealthy and Get Involved.

Join the Movement

Be part of something Big

Be part of something Important.

You’ll be glad you did!

 

 

Thanks to All who made 2016 Great!

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We are lucky and privileged to have a growing community of those who support what we do – scroll down for some of these terrific organizations!

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We’re looking forward to working with all of these terrific organizations and some new ones in 2017!

2016 is now in the rear view mirror

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Before we look ahead, let’s look behind at some of the 2016 Highlights!

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The Coldest Food Drive

ACTS kicks of 2016 with a

Winter Food Drive

2000+ lbs of Fresh Produce!

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The Biggest Food Drive

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50,000 lbs

WOW!

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Three-Peat Food Drive!

Curbing Hunger – our long time partner

A record amount of food raised!

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Before

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After

A Hair Raising Food Drive!

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3200 lbs of fresh produce!

And two Mohawks!

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And the Food Drive Contest Winner is…

Cos Cob Crushers with 800+ lbs

Their football league raised 2500+ lbs of healthy food!

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Youngest Food Drive Organizer

Eric Miller, age 13

800 lbs all by himself

WOW!

So 2016 was a great year for Amp – we worked with groups across the US and expanded into Canada to get lots of healthy food to hunger organizations.

Why?

So people facing hunger get the kind of food they really need!

The First Ever Vegan Food Drive

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This is pretty cool.

We’re partnering with a couple of fantastic organizations who are sponsoring the FIRST, EVER, VEGAN FOOD DRIVE!

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These two leading non-profit organizations that advocate for Veganism are sponsoring the drive designed to raise Vegan food to support Chili on Wheels, a NYC based hunger organization that specializes in Vegan Chili, and City Harvest, also based in NYC.  They are seeking groups that support Veganism to join the campaign by sponsoring their own Vegan food drive or to become Ambassadors and help spread the word about this unique, first of its kind online food drive.  Visit www.veganfooddrive.org for more info.

A Vegan diet is a healthy diet.  We keep beating the drum that HUNGER IS A HEALTH ISSUE because it is.  What better way to support  those struggling with hunger than with Vegan food?

The drive just started and runs until World Vegan Day on November 1, 2017.

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Like I said, pretty cool!

 

 

Just released some website updates

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We’re always working on our crowd-feeding site to make it better – easier to use, to help get better results, to provide more relevant information  Every once in a while we add some things we think are worth a special note.

Take a look at our new community page and get a sense of how we are growing.  It’s a great group of people and partners who are helping make a difference!

As we continue our work on supporting those struggling with food insecurity, we keep connecting with so many great people and organizations – its incredibly inspirational.

We’ve updated our Home Page, too.  We’ve been so fortunate to have gotten some terrific media coverage – some of that listed now.  Even more listed in our press room.

Let us know if you have any suggestions to make things better – we’d love your thoughts!

Food Drives and Forest Fires

The Worst Natural Disaster in Canadian History

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And the long road to recovery

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The good news?
 
Lots of people and organizations helping out.

CIBC + Alberta Food Banks =

10 Tons of healthy food delivered in one day!

To the Wood Buffalo Food Bank

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We had a small role in all of that. 🙂

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Disasters always mean a long, long road to recovery – and the needs for lots and lots of food support.  Hunger organizations in disaster areas struggle for months and sometimes years after a disaster to meet the demand for their services.   

Want to help out after a disaster?  Keep sending food and other things for a long time after it stops making the evening news.

And to it with a smile – cause you’re really helping someone out!  🙂

 

What Does Summer Fun Mean to You?

 

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Summer fun for us means delivering lots of Healthy Food!

 

It’s a sad fact that most hunger organizations struggle in the summer months to keep up with demand.   Few organizations sponsor food drives during the summer and the number of people needing support actually rises – mostly due to kids who don’t have access to school feeding programs when school is not in session.

Our Crowd-Feeding platform makes organizing a food drive a breeze – easy to set up and easy to make a donation of healthy food.   You can set up a drive from anywhere – the beach, the mountains, pool side or anywhere else you might find yourself.   Doing something to help others will help to Amp Up your summer fun!

Here are a few places we’ve been having our own version of summer fun:

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Let us know if you would like to join our kind of party!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stamp Out Hunger Gets Fresh!

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This year, for the first time, the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is offering a way for people to donate fresh fruits and vegetables through a partnership with Amp Your Good – we’re thrilled to be part of this great annual effort as we test our Crowd-Feeding food drive system in parts of New York City and San Francisco. So far, so good.  

Sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers’, Stamp Out Hunger® has been the largest national annual one-day food drive held in the U.S since 1993.   Each year, on the 2nd Saturday in May, people are able to place bags of non-perishable food items by their mailboxes before their letter carriers’ regular pick-up time, which the letter carriers collect for delivery to a local hunger organization.

Now in its 24th year,  Stamp Out Hunger® has collected over 1.4 Billion lbs. of food, including over 70 Million lbs in 2015, to support the 49 Million people facing food insecurity in the United States.  An estimated 35 Million people donated to the drive last year.

There are a whole bunch of reasons why are we excited about Stamp Out Hunger®    

First, it’s big, really big.  Most people have a hard time getting their arms around the scale of it. The 70 Million lbs of food donated last year was worth $175 Million!  Based upon its monetary value – it’s the largest single day charity drive in the world by a factor of 2.  In the US, it’s the second largest annual charity drive of any length behind only the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Second, it’s trustworthy.  “What percentage of my donation directly helps someone (versus covering your overhead)? is the most commonly heard question by non-profit organizations and one that many wrestle with.  Donors want have impact and they want to understand the impact they are making.  For Stamp Out Hunger, it’s an easy answer – 100%.  That’s the beauty of food drives.   You donate food, you feed someone.

This dovetails nicely with the reputation that the United States Postal Service and the Letter Carriers have as the most trusted Federal Agency.  We trust that the letter we put in the mailbox is going to get to where it’s supposed to go.  When was the last time you put something in the mail and wondered whether it would arrive at its destination?  So there’s no question that the food you donate is going to get to that local hunger organization you want to support so it can be used to feed someone.

Third, our amazing non-profit partners.  Hunger is the US is a complex issue and addressing it requires a multidimensional approach.  Wholesome Wave, Why Hunger, Food Tank and the Institute of Responsible Nutrition are each working on pathways to resolve hunger and to do it with healthy food.  Food drives are part of the short term remedy to address the needs of those facing food insecurity.  In the long run, we need policy changes, changes to our food system, strengthened local farm economies and accurate nutrition information so that there’s no need for food drives.

Until now, the one thing that Stamp Out Hunger could not do was provide a way for people to donate some of the most sought after food by hunger organizations – fresh fruits and vegetables.  The 49 Million people struggling with food insecurity also struggle with super high rates of diet related health issues – diabetes, obesity, hypertension – in large part due to lack of access to healthy food.  Owing to this, hunger organizations have been working hard to increase the quality and variety of food they are able to provide those they serve.

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We’re in the middle of our trial run this year.  We’ve been looking to see how people donate online compared to the traditional way.  One thing that’s clear so far is that people will donate a lot more food via our Crowd-Feeding system compared to what the put out by their mailbox.  Stamp Out Hunger estimates that people donate an average of 2 lbs of food to the campaign .  The average online donation so far is more than ten times that amount – significantly more than 20 lbs per person.

We’ve also gotten great feedback about this new Stamp Out Hunger donation option from donors, health organizations and many others.  People are generally moving towards a healthier diet for themselves and it makes sense that food drive donations should reflect that.  We’re looking forward to offering it on a much wider basis next year.

If you missed putting some non-perishable food out by your mailbox on May 14th, 2016, there’s still time to be part of the biggest food drive in the country.  Simply visit www.stampyourgood.com and donate some healthy fruits and vegetables to help someone who could use a helping hand.

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