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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Those Winter Food Drive Blues…

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We Feel Your Pain!

If you’re a food pantry or soup kitchen, right now you’ve got the winter blues. Why? Because food donations have dropped through the floor.  The holiday giving season doubles as food drive season – which is great – lots and lots of donations.  Winter?  Not so much, in fact, barely any at all.  It’s tough to have to reduce the amount of food you can distribute.  Tougher still to turn people away.

How About Some Sunshine!

 

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Our Crowd-Feeding system makes running food drives a breeze – easy to set up, easy to run, and no worries about winter weather making it hard for people to donate.

You Can Fight Winter Hunger, too!

If your group (your company, your church, your school, etc.) sponsors food drives – let them know that a winter food drive has more impact!
And remember, here’s no cost to use our Crowd-Feeding system.
And, it’s fun!

If you’re connected to a hunger organization – a food pantry, soup kitchen, shelter or food bank – let them know about us.  We’ll help them get through the winter.

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!

 

October 24 = Food Day 2015

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Food Day is designed to inspire people to eat healthier food and to work to change our country’s food policies (hint: they currently stink…).  The idea is to have people and groups do things on Food Day to create awareness of the need (and benefits) of healthier eating and doubly to create awareness that Federal policies have an enormous influence over what we consume.  Many of those policies are pointing in the wrong direction – encouraging people to eat the wrong food.  Incredible, but true.

Amp is proud to be a Food Day national partner – we have co-organized the REAL Food Drive – and collaborate in other ways with both Food Day and many members of the Food Day community.

For us, Food Day is a wake up call.  There are identifiable reasons why more than half of all adults are diabetic or pre-diabetic and why so many Americans are obese.  The most obvious one is the food we eat.  “You are what you eat” is simple wisdom and the results speak for themselves.  It is, of course, more complicated than that –  our own government has food policies that have enormous influence over the food that’s available to eat and the guidance we receive about what constitutes a healthy diet. Unfortunately, government policies in these areas are influenced by special interest groups whose interest is making and selling more food that’s not good for us.

The good news is that change is afoot.  More and more people are waking up to the fact that we’ve got to make changes.  Individuals are voting with their dollars to purchase healthier food in lieu of unhealthy food.  It’s why McDonald’s is selling fewer Big Macs and supermarkets are selling more  organic food.  That’s heartening.  But its still just a start.

On Food Day (and maybe on many of the days following Food Day), do your self a favor.  Trade in the candy bar or piece of cake for a juicy apple.  Skip the potato chips and have some carrot sticks instead.  Your body will thank you for it

The Real Food Drive Campaign – picking up steam!

The NY Times just published a depressing article that noted despite an increasing amount of information about what we should more of (and less of) to be healthier, many people still ignore that advice.

What should we eat more of?  Real Food, and that’s the reasoning behind the Real Food Drive Campaign – to turn food drives into efforts that result in healthy food donations, instead of the usual stuff – highly processed cans of non-perishable food.  People struggling with food insecurity also struggle with poor health – obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc. – due in large part to a lack of access to healthy food.

If your organization is thinking about a running a food drive this fall – join our campaign! There’s no cost and you’ll get to raise lots of healthy food.

We have too many campaign partners to name here, but several are especially worth noting.

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And, of course….

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These terrific organizations are all working towards getting us all to eat healthier food for all of the benefits that come with it.  Our connection is that we all recognize that so many people donate food to food drives with the best of intentions – we want to ensure those good intentions create the best impact.  We have a growing number of groups around the country who have joined the campaign and who are running healthy food drives.  Very exciting!

Interested in finding out more?  Send us an email at realfoodteam@ampyourgood.com

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!!

The Dog Days of August…Not!

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It’s August and here in NJ that means tomatoes!  My family’s lucky – we have a CSA share at Ralston Farm, right down the road from us. They grow outstanding organic fruits and veggies.  We just picked up these incredible tomatoes – delicious!

While August is a vacation month for many – not for us and for many others working to help those facing hunger during the summer – a time when most hunger organizations struggle with lower donations.

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The Chefs’ Community Table drive just wrapped up and raised over 400 meals to support the Market Street Mission in Morristown, NJ.  We’ll be delivering all those meals soon. Thanks to the team at St. Jacques Marketing and many others for making this first of its kind food drive successful!

We also just delivered a ton of fresh produce to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County raised by the annual Curbing Hunger drive – carrots, bananas and lots of other good stuff!  Curbing Hunger has been running this annual drive for 21 years!Curbing Hunger 8.13.15

The REAL Food Drive campaign is picking up steam – we’ll be sharing some exciting news about it soon.  In the meantime, stay cool and enjoy these last couple of weeks before the school season is in full swing.