Teens that Rock!

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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!

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!

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.

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.
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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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