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

Fort McMurray

Ground Zero

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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new york

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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.

fruits and vegetables #2That’s where Amp comes in.  Our Crowd-Feeding system is an online donation platform at which people can purchase fruits and vegetables for delivery to specific hunger organizations.  Organizations use it to run online food drives to make it easy to donate and to enable people to donate perishable food, something that’s not possible to donate to traditional food drives.  We combine convenience with transparency and trust so that people can know they are making a food donation that will have measurable impact.

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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Did You See our Superbowl Ad?

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IF you did see our commercial, you are Mis-Remembering!

We would love to draw the attention of the bazillion people who watch the Superbowl to the plight of those struggling with hunger.

But we can’t afford to, at least not yet…
You don’t have to be a football fan to appreciate the extraordinary athleticism and tenacity of the players.  How strong they are, how fast they run.
How do they do it?  Lots of reasons, of course.  Exercise, good genes AND…healthy food.  Sports nutrition is a key for all professional athletes.
If we apply some sports nutrition to food drives we get…Crowd-Feeding.
So we didn’t have a Superbowl commercial…
But that’s where you come in.
Crowd-Feeding
Help us spread the word
There’s a new way to fight hunger
Join the crowd
Let’s get people facing hunger the food they really need!
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Those Winter Food Drive Blues…

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We Feel Your Pain!

If you’re a food pantry or soup kitchen, right now you’ve got the winter blues. Why? Because food donations have dropped through the floor.  The holiday giving season doubles as food drive season – which is great – lots and lots of donations.  Winter?  Not so much, in fact, barely any at all.  It’s tough to have to reduce the amount of food you can distribute.  Tougher still to turn people away.

How About Some Sunshine!

 

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Our Crowd-Feeding system makes running food drives a breeze – easy to set up, easy to run, and no worries about winter weather making it hard for people to donate.

You Can Fight Winter Hunger, too!

If your group (your company, your church, your school, etc.) sponsors food drives – let them know that a winter food drive has more impact!
And remember, here’s no cost to use our Crowd-Feeding system.
And, it’s fun!

If you’re connected to a hunger organization – a food pantry, soup kitchen, shelter or food bank – let them know about us.  We’ll help them get through the winter.

Disrupting the Holiday Food Drive with Fruits and Vegetables

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If you’re like many, you probably made a food donation to a food drive these past holidays. Chances are you donated some type of canned food because traditional food drives are limited to non-perishable items.  With our Crowd-Feeding system, no matter when you make a food donation, you can donate fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of other healthy food.

Why Does It Matter?

People struggling with hunger also struggle with diet related health issues – diabetes, obesity, hypertension & others due to lack of access to healthy food!

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What Can You Do?
If your group (your company, your church, your school, etc.) sponsors food drives – let them know there’s a way to raise the kind of food people facing hunger really need.   There’s no cost to use Crowd-Feeding system and it fun!

If your connected to a hunger organization – a food pantry, soup kitchen, shelter or food bank – let them know about us.  We’ll ensure they get what they need.

Welcome to 2016, but first a look in the rear view mirror

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We won’t bore you with all of the details, but 2015 was quite a year!

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We were thrilled to be selected for the Food-X program in March!

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The annual Curbing Hunger “Summer Doesn’t Take a Vacation” in June was a great success!

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The Real Food Drive Campaign kicked off in September.  This national campaign ran until year end and groups from around the country raised lots of healthy food!

We closed out the year with terrific media coverage by Civil Eats and the Washington Post and a fast growing community of people supporting our Crowd-Feeding movement!

We’ve lots of great stuff coming up in 2016 – so stay tuned for more!

 

This is the Question…

better to give than receive

Answer?  Yeah, it is…

But, we don’t mind gifts when we get them – so here goes…

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Thanks to the NJ Tech community for giving us the Audience Choice Award – really exciting to be recognized by our fellow NJ techies!

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And a huge thanks to Civil Eats for the terrific piece by Twilight Greenaway about Crowd-Feeding!

Finally…we were named one of the 23 food companies that could change the world in 2016!  How cool is that!

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May the Food Drive Be with You!

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Be a Jedi Master in the Fight Against Hunger!

I was a teenager when the first Star Wars movie was released and it was magical.  Yoda was a big hit with me and everyone else I knew – his ability to move objects using “The Force” was just so cool.
With our crowd-feeding platform you can magically move objects, too!  There’s no heavy lifting any more with food drives – all you have to do is use your fingers – and let us do the rest!
See below for our current crop of Jedi Masters wielding their light sabers…er….computers, tablets and smart phones to run their food drives.

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Cindy Gershen is our kind of hero and a true Jedi Master.  Cindy runs a nutritional cooking and feeding program at the Mt Diablo High School in Contra County, California.  Cindy has partnered with Wellness City Challenge, the Institute of Responsible Nutrition and Imperfect Produce for Amp’s first Bay Area (SF) healthy food drive!

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Hunger is a health issue – its as simple as that.  Leanne Ray and Jennifer Telluz led the Tri-County Health Department in Colorado on a healthy food drive that raised more than double their goal!  No doubt the force was with them!

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Cushman Wakefield also handily raised more apples, sweet potatoes and other healthy food items than planned to support the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.  Over one ton of the kind of food people facing hunger  really need!

If your a Star Wars fan you’ll no doubt know that The Force is a power that can be used for good or evil.  It’s all about mindset.  Our mindset here at Amp continues to get stoked with all the great people we come in contact with who are doing so many good and amazing things.  We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to count so many as friends and supporters!

If you’ve got The Force – get a hold of us and we’ll help you run a great food drive!