We Made the List(s)!

We’re always thrilled to get some recognition for what we’re doing and that’s been happening more and more.  We just found out that we’re going to be included in the prestigious 2017 Good Food Org Guide presented by The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank (we were in the 2016 Guide as well).

 

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We’re also now listed in ReFed’s Food Waste Innovator Data Base for working on ways to reduce food waste and fight hunger at the same time.   How cool is that!

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We also made a very special Rodale’s Organic Life Magazine list – very, very cool!

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And, finally, we’re on the Food Tank List of most innovative companies to watch in 2017!

By the way – we agree!

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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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Canada

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!