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.

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 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!

 

 

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!

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!

 

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!

 

The REAL Food Drive Campaign Has Launched!

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This is a pretty big deal for us – our first nationwide campaign.  Our goal for the campaign is to raise lots of healthy food for a number of food pantries and soup kitchens across the country and to create awareness that there is a  new way to run a food drive to amplify its impact.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Food Day – and working with Lilia Smelkova and Emily Snyder.  And we’re doubly thrilled to have a great set of non-profit partners – Change Food, Foodtank, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, Curbing Hunger and the National Association of Health and Fitness, among others.

We’re also excited about some of the new food drive concepts that we’ll be testing out – organic food drives, food drives that reduce food waste and food drives that raise restaurant quality meals.

Over the next six weeks or so, we’ll be working hard to solicit organizations planning their food drives to make them REAL.  If you or your organization are thinking about a food drive – contact us.  We’ll help you make it better.

It seems like there isn’t a day that goes by without some type of announcement or event that points to the public becoming more conscious of the connection between diet and health.  Providing people with a way to help those facing hunger with higher quality food seems like such a no brainer.  The size of this campaign is related to that.

Top Ten New Things You Can Do with a Food Drive – David Letterman Style

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10. Go Vegan!  Raise Lots of Fruits and Veggies

9.  Reduce Diabetes

8. Raise restaurant quality meals

7. Raise Organic Food

6. Reduce Food Waste

5. Make it Gluten Free

4. Go Bananas!  Raise a ton of this superfood!

3. Get rid of collection boxes

2. Support local farmers!

And the number 1 new thing you can do with a Food Drive….

Join the REAL Food Drive Campaign and raise lots of healthy food!

Let’s work together to get people facing hunger the food they really need!!