We know so many people who love to fight hunger! It’s why our community keeps growing! And we’re thrilled to announce that Chef Greg Silverman has joined the #GiveHealthy Advisory Board. Chef Greg Silverman is the Executive Director of the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH), in New York City. Through a supermarket-style food pantry, WSCAH alleviates hunger and creates a culture that promotes change and self-reliance. WSCAH reaches almost 10,000 families every year, providing social service support and culinary job training, while distributing over 1.5 million pounds of healthy food.
WSCAH is working to change everyone’s perception of hungry people by providing food with dignity and empowering people to find solutions. Chef Greg has worked in the food and hunger space for over 20 years. He previously served as the National Director of Program Partnerships for Share Our Strength and it’s No Kid Hungry Campaign where amongst much food access work he led the national growth of the Cooking Matters nutrition education platform across all 50 states.
It’s always a thrill to visit a hunger relief organization and see them in action. I’ve never met someone working at a food pantry, food bank, soup kitchen or shelter that wasn’t passionate about the work that they do and welcoming to visitors – whether people coming for assistance or just stopping by to say hello.
Some #GiveHealthy Team members stopped by the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) in New York City recently to enjoy a double thrill – both the visit and the delivery of over ONE TON of healthy food courtesy of two #GiveHealthy Food Drives – one sponsored by the Stroock Law Firm and another sponsored by WSCAH themselves!
What does a #GiveHealthy food delivery look like? What do excited WSCAH team members look like? See for yourself!
Average donation per person: 61 lbs!
% of unusable food: Zero – 100% of the donated food matched WSCAH needs
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.
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.
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’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).
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!
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!
We’re partnering with a couple of fantastic organizations who are sponsoring the FIRST, EVER, VEGAN FOOD DRIVE!
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.