By Rebecca Rose
Killeen Daily Herald
A local business is being recognized by a national organization for its efforts to help the hungry in Killeen.
Move For Hunger, a nonprofit organization that works with relocation companies to provide food to local food banks, selected Scobey Moving & Storage of Killeen with its Mover Of The Month award for January. The award is given to the mover that "goes above and beyond to provide substantial support to their local community," according to a news release from the organization.
Adam Lowy, founder and executive director of Move for Hunger, said oftentimes people who are moving toss out unwanted items rather than pack them. "Unfortunately, a lot of that is food that could be delivered to a family in need rather than thrown away," he said.
Pam Jeffrey, vice president and general manager at Scobey Moving & Storage in Killeen, said the company was prompted to join as soon as they learned of the program and was one of the first companies to participate in Texas.
"As movers, we always see people getting rid of things. We tell our customers about the program when they are moving," she said. "A lot of times they are getting rid of things anyway. This is just one more thing we can do for them."
Jeffrey said any non-perishable food items their customers don't want to move with, Scobey will take to the Killeen Food Care Center.
"I think it's an important service because it provides to people in our community," she said.
Lowy said Scobey donated more than 1,000 pounds of food in less than a year of participating with the national organization. The business delivered enough food to provide more than 820 meals in the Killeen area.
"Scobey Moving & Storage exemplifies the Move For Hunger program," said Lowy. "It's a great relationship they've formed with their local food bank."
Move for Hunger was "proud" of what Scobey had accomplished since joining the cause in January 2011. "They are truly making a difference in their community simply by using their resources and expertise to lend a hand to those in need," said Lowy.
While New Jersey-based Move For Hunger operates a national program, all of the food donated by customers in Killeen goes to the local food pantry.
And other businesses in Texas also are being recognized for their work with the nonprofit. FireFighting's Finest Moving & Delivery of Fort Worth was recognized as Move For Hunger's Mover of the Year in 2011.
With 25 participating businesses, Texas has one of the largest numbers of movers compared to other states. Three moving companies within a 50-mile radius of Killeen currently partner with the national group.
Since Move for Hunger's inception in 2009, more than 240 movers in 39 states have partnered with the organization, which has collected more than 400,000 pounds of food, so far.
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How to help
Moving companies interested in learning more about partnering with the nonprofit should go to www.MoveForHunger.org. Residents who are planning a move can use the website's partner locator to find participating companies and learn more about the area food banks they support.