The Company You Keep

As a Founding Partner of the #GiveHealthy movement, its been great to get to know so many awesome people and organizations.  We’re proud to be part of a group of organizations and people working hard to make a difference in the lives of those struggling with hunger.

 

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And Many More…..!!

Visit The #GiveHealthy Movement to find out who!

Teens that Rock!

Curbing Hunger Youth Council 6.8.17

We’re seeing more and more groups interested in organizing a #GiveHealthy Food Drive and this one caught our attention.  The Curbing Hunger Youth Council is a group of teens supporting the mission of Curbing Hunger.  Curbing Hunger has been raising food for hunger organizations for over 20 years to help them during the summer, a time when donations drop at the very time the number of people in need grow (from school aged children supporting by school feeding programs during the school year).  Kudos to these young people making a difference!  We think they ROCK!  Feel like supporting their drive?  You can donate here.

Neighbor to Neighbor – WOW!

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We’ve been working closely with a terrific food pantry that serves people in and around Greenwich, Connecticut on a CASE STUDY to see what happens when groups begin to organize #GiveHealthy food drives. The short answer:  WOW!

WOW!  means they raise more food, they raise healthy food and have alot of fun doing it. For Neighbor to Neighbor, besides getting lots of fresh produce and other healthy food, they get to know the people making those donations!  85% of the people making a #GiveHealthy donation were new donors! (or, if they had donated canned goods before, Neighbor to Neighbor had no way to know that).

At Amp – we’re constantly looking for ways to help in more ways than one – its what we talk about and what we know we are designed to do.  It’s great to have strong data that backs up what we tell people!

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!

 

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!

North Mianus School

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

Fort McMurray

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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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new york

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