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Trucking Industry Non-Profit Fights Food Waste Through Collections for Needy

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Working in the family moving business, Adam Lowy watched relocating homeowners trash tons of food upon arrival of the truck scheduled to haul all belongings.

Appalled by the waste, Lowy established Move For Hunger, a non-profit that has organized moving van drivers to collect food that homeowners would throw out rather than pack.

“This is such a simple idea, but one we missed for years,” said Bill Paxton, chief operating officer of Paxton Van Lines Inc. of Springfield, Va.

“This is a win for us to be a part of the effort to fight hunger and it’s a win for food banks, the hungry and the homeless because our trucks can collect and drop off the food to them,” Paxton said.

Nearly 40 percent of all food waste in the U.S. ends up in landfills, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA’s Economic Research Service reported in 2015 that more than 48 million people in the U.S., including 15 million children, are living in food insecure households, meaning they don’t have access to sufficient nutritious meals.

Move For Hunger helped feed more than 1 million people last year, said Lowy, who quit his job at Lowy’s Moving Service, the 

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