TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- A West Lafayette-based company is giving back to the community with a food drive this month.
The SOS Relocation Specialist team is partnering with the national non-profit "Move For Hunger." SOS Relocation is a moving-service company mainly focused on helping seniors downsize their homes if they are relocating to assisted living or a senior community home.
Move For Hunger is an organization that works to create sustainable ways to reduce food waste. The company founder, Adam Lowy saw a need after working for his family-owned moving company. He saw how much food would go to waste as movers transitioned from one place to another. The non-profit provides a guide for moving companies across the nation to use that helps their movers easily donate the food in their pantry rather than throw it away.
The Move for Hunger organization estimates the number of Americans facing hunger this year could increase by 46%. That's about 17 million more people in need of food. They report this is a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
That statistic is on par with the need we're seeing right here locally. SOS Co-Owner Danielle Gaylord is encouraging people to start gathering food now. The drop-off dates start on Apr. 24 - May 1.
List of foods (food drive only accepting non-perishables):
- 100% fruit juices
- Baking items
- Beans (dry and canned)
- Boxed rice and potatoes
- Canned fish and meats
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Meals in a can/box
- Peanut butter
- Canned soups & stews
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All food donations will go to Food Finders Food Bank. President and CEO Katy Bunder said these foods are particularly great donations as they go a long way for families in need. She reports out of the 16 counties the organization serves, 1 out of 8 adults go hungry every day and 1 out of 6 kids also suffer from not being fully fed every day.
Gaylord and her business partner Rita Smeyak worked for a local non-profit that served people experiencing homelessness here locally. They heavily depended on food from FFFB to held serve their clients. That's why Gaylord their company hosts this food drive, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"People suddenly found themselves very vulnerable and in need and this is why it's so important, you know, people need help so I think if you can do a small part, every small part counts," said Gaylord.
She's hoping to see a big turnout during the donation week.
"I'm hoping people think more about what they can do individually and maybe it'll spark people to continue with giving," said Gaylord.