It’s Valentine’s Day – time for some #GiveHealthy Love!

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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.

Chef Greg Silverman, New York City 2016

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.

Welcome, Chef Greg!

The Big Apple – a Perfect Place to #GiveHealthy

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!

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Some Stats:
Average donation per person:  61 lbs!
% of unusable food:  Zero – 100% of the donated food matched WSCAH needs
% of healthy food:  100%
Staff time to sort out the food donations:  Zero

2017 – What a Year – Part 1

For us, 2017 was anchored by our role in the #GiveHealthy Movement.  We had lots of other great things going on (see Part 2 for those) but #GiveHealthy was and continues to be our primary focus.  Below is a blog post from the #GiveHealthy site, in its entirety, that tells the story.

About a year ago, a group of organizations, began a series of discussions that led to the development of the #GiveHealthy Movement.  The idea was that #GiveHealthy could both heighten public awareness that hunger is a health issue and provide a way for people to donate fresh produce and other healthy food.  It could bring together a diverse set of people and organizations whose commonality lay in the pursuit of a single achievable goal – to get the 100 Million people who donate food to food drives each year to donate healthy food.  

This group became the Founding Partners, and after a couple of months of planning, the #GiveHealthy Movement was launched in May 2017 at the Broccoli City Festival in Washington, DC.  The #GiveHealthy website was launched at the same time, providing an easy way for people and organizations to join and support the movement.  

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Since then, it’s been quite a ride thanks to the growth of an incredible roster of Partners, Ambassadors and many others who have joined #GiveHealthy and are participating in a variety of ways.  

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In July, Feeding America began collaborating with #GiveHealthy and we launched a pilot program with them in September and are now working with Food Banks across the country.

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In October, we held a United Nations official World Food Day Launch event in partnership with Food Tank and World Food Program USA.  So much fun – you had to be there!
The breadth of the people and organizations joining #GiveHealthy since then has been inspirational.  Hunger relief organizations, universities, companies, non-profit organizations focused on nutrition, health, obesity and cancer have become Partners, Ambassadors, Collaborators and Supporters.  #GiveHealthy now includes medical professionals, chefs, nutritionists, dieticians, educators, scientists and lots of other people who think this is a really good idea, all focused upon one simple goal – getting healthier food to people struggling with food insecurity.   

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On behalf of the Founding Partners WhyHunger, Foodtank, Wholesome Wave, Ashley Koff Approved and Amp Your Good, a big shout out to everyone who has helped make the first 7 months of #GiveHealthy such a success!   As we look ahead to 2018, it’s time to buckle up because it looks like things are going to pick up speed and get even more exciting.  It’s clear that 2017 was just the beginning!

 

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!

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!