Move For Hunger’s Tips For Reducing Food Waste

Here at Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving), we’re huge supporters of the nonprofit organization known as Move for Hunger. This is an organization that is dedicated to ending world hunger by filling food banks with nonperishable food items. Move for Hunger obtains this food by partnering with moving companies, like us, that have clients that have food they no longer need. If they are willing to donate their nonperishable food, the moving company can then use their trucks to transport the food to Move for Hunger or any local food banks.

Making food donations to is one way to make a difference in the world, but Lauren Hawkins from Move For Hunger found that you can prevent food waste even in your own home! There are simple things that everyone can do to reduce food waste, as Lauren outlined on her blog post, and we would like to share this information with everyone here. If you are interested in learning more, you can read the original blog post here. Or, if you want to learn more about Move For Hunger itself, then you can visit its website here. Without further ado, here are Lauren’s tips for reducing food waste:

1. Plan, plan, plan!
It all starts with having a solid meal plan for the week. Stick to the plan! Impulse buying will not only put you potentially over your budget for that week’s groceries, but that bag of chips you had to have will also sit in your pantry until it expires. You will save money if you keep to the grocery list and only buy what you need. If you find that it’s faster and easier to have technology organize your grocery list for you, here are 7 easy-to-use apps that really deliver.

2. Use the First in, First Out Rule.
This tip can really make a difference in the way that your entire kitchen works, and it’s easy to use! While unloading your groceries, quickly check the item’s expiration date. Organize your fridge/freezer/pantry according to your groceries’ expiration dates. Put the newer food in the back, and place older groceries in the front. Better yet, once you have taken inventory of all of the older foods, you can plan meals for that week around the items that are closest to their expiration date so that none of it goes to waste! To take it a step further, you could even designate a day of the week to eating only leftover food in your fridge or other foods in your pantry that you know you’ve had for a long time.

Photo Credit: Move For Hunger

Photo Credit: Move For Hunger

3. Donate/Share!
When you look in your pantry for a yummy snack, have you ever thought, “There is nothing to eat in here!” even though your pantry is stocked with plenty of food? It’s probably the result of over-shopping and impulse buys. You don’t want to throw it out since most of it still hasn’t expired, so what can you do?…Donate! Find out where your local food bank is located (if you don’t already know), and swing by the next time you’re in that area running errands. This way you don’t have to waste any food by throwing it in the trash, and someone in your town who is in need of a meal is now able to get one! Have some cookies that you baked three days ago that your family can’t finish? No problem! Take them to work and tell anyone who wants one that they can have as many as they like. And, of course, don’t forget to donate your food when you move!

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September Blog Roundup

Miss any of Ridgewood Moving Services’ (Ridgewood Moving) most recent blogs? If so, we have four excellent posts for you to read, ranging from Move For Hunger’s September food drive to the Center for Hope and Safety’s upcoming walk against domestic violence. Take a look at the posts below:

Move For Hunger’s September Food Drive

“Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is running its fourth annual food drive until the end of the month and they need your help! Last year, almost 50,000 pounds of food were donated to families that needed it. If everyone pitches in to help, we can reach that goal again with ease.”

Walk Together Against Domestic Violence with the Center for Hope and Safety

“We would like to invite you on behalf of the Center of Hope and Safety to the Walk Together Against Domestic Violence! This is an event that is the first of its kind and we’re very excited about it. It will be held at Van Saun Park on Saturday, October 15 at 9:30 AM and people of all ages can participate.”

 

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Monmouth University Students Collect Food Donations for Move For Hunger

“This is a fantastic story about students that want to fight against world hunger…read the blurb below about how these young adults helped make a difference in their community and acted as role models at their university!”

August Testimonials

“The men worked hours upon hours with smiles on their faces, and they were all incredibly respectful and courteous throughout the whole process. It had already been quite a long day, and the movers didn’t rush out of the house. They ended up with asking repeatedly if there was anything else we needed/wanted them to do/move. My husband and I were very impressed and it definitely took a load of stress out of a crazy day!”

Are you a fan of Ridgewood Moving Services? Then leave us a testimonial or a review! You can do so on our testimonials pageYelpGoogle +, or Angie’s List. Every review helps us out, so place consider choosing one of the links above. Thanks for reading everyone!

September Testimonials

Welcome to this month’s installment of testimonials! When we receive an excess of positive testimonials in a month, we highlight some of our biggest raving fans. We rely on our fans to spread the word about Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Movers), so thank you to everyone that contributed for this month’s post!

This week’s testimonials mostly come from our testimonial’s page. After a move, our raving fans can come to our website and post their opinions on their service for all to see. We also have one review on Google+ from Pamela as well! We always get an overwhelming amount of positive reviews, so thank you to everyone who has submitted a review so far! The more people that submit testimonials about us, the easier it is for us to get the word out about our company. Without further ado, here are this week’s testimonials:

Pamela

I have worked with Ridgewood Moving Services on several occasions and each time was an excellent experience. We moved our elderly in-laws and the staff did a wonderful job carefully packing their “treasures” and more importantly, they were kind and patient with them – which was most important. Next, they moved our daughter between homes in Hoboken and each time was smooth and efficient. And, anyone that has moved anything anytime in Hoboken – is not an easy feat with parking, stairs, etc. Each move was on time and on-budget. And, a friendly and cooperative experience. As a Realtor – I will recommend them to my clients. Thank you Cindy and your team at Ridgewood Moving!

Cindy for Interview

Above and Beyond by Marilyn

The three men who moved everything were the best! Friendly, extremely helpful and very careful. They went above and beyond! Thank you!

Excellent by Eileen

They were very pleasant and helpful

If you want to be featured on a future blog post, then leave us a testimonial or a review! You can do so on our testimonials pageYelpGoogle +, or Angie’s List. Let your voice be heard! If you write us a testimonial, you have a good chance of being featured on next month’s post. Thanks for reading everyone!

Move For Hunger’s September Food Drive

One of our biggest nonprofit organizations that we support is called Move For Hunger. We work with Move For Hunger to help make food donations to our local food banks. How do we do that? Well, when you’re about to move out of your house and realize that you have nonperishable food items that you no longer need, you can choose to donate it to the organization. You put the food in a box with a Move For Hunger label, and we help deliver it to the food banks. It’s that simple!

Move For Hunger Logo

However, if you’re not planning on moving but would like to show your support, we’ve got you covered! We often write about any food drives that Move For Hunger is organizing right here on the blog. Now, Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is running its fourth annual food drive until the end of the month and they need your help! Last year, almost 50,000 pounds of food were donated to families that needed it. If everyone pitches in to help, we can reach that goal again with ease. All you need to do is visit one of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty’s 12 locations:

  • Fort Lee
  • Hoboken
  • Tenafly
  • Alpine
  • Edgewater
  • Franklin Lakes
  • Saddle River
  • Ridgewood
  • Hillsdale
  • Montclair
  • Short Hills
  • Westfield

If you need details on where these locations are, visit the page for the event by clicking here. If you want to learn more about Move For Hunger itself, then you can visit its website here. We also recommend reading their blog, which always has fantastic content about the work they do. We hope to see you at one of the 12 locations!

Are you a fan of Ridgewood Moving Services? Then leave us a testimonial or a review! You can do so on our testimonials pageYelpGoogle +, or Angie’s List. Every review helps us out, so place consider choosing one of the links above. Thanks for reading everyone!

Monmouth University Students Collect Food Donations for Move For Hunger

Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving) is always trying to find ways to support others, which is why we’ve assisted nonprofit organizations like Move For Hunger to help make a difference in the world. When clients have nonperishable food items that they no longer need, they can choose to donate them to Move For Hunger so it can go to someone that needs it. Move For Hunger also follows its mission by throwing events to collect donations and spread awareness about the organization. For example, they are partnering with students at Monmouth University in New Jersey to collect food donations!

This is a fantastic story about students that want to fight against world hunger. The excerpt below was originally on Move for Hunger’s blog and was written by Nicole Foster. If you want to see the full post then please click here. Otherwise, read the blurb below about how these young adults helped make a difference in their community and acted as role models at their university!

Non-perishable food items were collected from from June 30-July 25 and were delivered to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties by Lowy’s Moving Service, a Wheaton agent. In total, Monmouth University’s new student orientation collected 275 pounds of food, which equates to approximately 229 meals for families in their community!

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Monmouth University has been a frequent supporter of Move For Hunger over the years, and has now collected over 5,000 lbs of food – that’s over 4,150 meals – all time. With nearly 126,000 individuals struggling to find their next meal in the area, Monmouth University is certainly making a difference by fighting hunger today and educating the next generation on the importance of the cause.

Are you a fan of Ridgewood Moving Services? Then leave us a testimonial or a review! You can do so on our testimonials pageYelpGoogle +, or Angie’s List. Every review helps us out, so place consider choosing one of the links above. Thanks for reading everyone!

August Testimonials

Welcome to this month’s blog about testimonials! We at Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving) like to promote any new reviews and testimonials we receive on a monthly basis here on our blog. We often receive a lot of positive reviews and love to share these with our readers regularly. Any new testimonials will be posted here next month, so please consider leaving us a review if you haven’t done so already!

Photo Credit: Carl Cox

Photo Credit: Carl Cox

For this post, we want to focus on one long, well written testimonial from Angela on our testimonials page. Every now and then, we get a review from a raving fan that goes above and beyond a typical one and this is a perfect example! It’s a testimonial that talks about the fantastic experience she had during her move. If you want to see more like this or write a review yourself, then check out our testimonials page. Thank you to everyone that has submitted one so far! Without further ado, here’s Angela’s review:

We loved them! by Angela

Because our closing/moving date changed only a few days prior to our original move date, we knew it would be nearly impossible to reschedule the move for the new moving date (which happened to be a Saturday!). I was blown away when I got a call back in such a short amount of time with accommodations made to our new date, even though trucks and staff would be harder to come by. We appreciated the lengths Ridgewood Moving Services went to in order to make our moving day a success. The men worked hours upon hours with smiles on their faces, and they were all incredibly respectful and courteous throughout the whole process. It had already been quite a long day, and the movers didn’t rush out of the house. They ended up with asking repeatedly if there was anything else we needed/wanted them to do/move. My husband and I were very impressed and it definitely took a load of stress out of a crazy day!

If you want to be featured on a future blog post, then leave us a testimonial or a review! You can do so on our testimonials pageYelpGoogle +, or Angie’s List. Let your voice be heard! If you write us a testimonial, you have a good chance of being featured on next month’s post. Thanks for reading everyone!

Support the Center for Hope and Safety at the Movies!

Have you heard of the Center for Hope and Safety? They’re a local nonprofit organization that helps victims of domestic violence. Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving) has always been a long time supporter of this agency because we believe what it stands for. We promote any events it may be holding on the blog to show our support!

If you love the movies, then you’ll really enjoy the latest Center for Hope and Safety event! iPic theaters is opening its newest movie theatre complete with premium, reclining seats with artisanal cocktails and gourmet finger foods brought right to you! It opens on August 5 and will be the first of its kind in New Jersey. iPic theaters has kindly let local charities sponsor the first week by allowing all ticket sales go to these organizations as donations! One of the agencies sponsoring this event is the Center for Hope and Safety, which you can read about below in an excerpt from their website:

Monday, August 8th is our agency’s charity day. The proceeds from the admissions to any of the movies that day (not food purchases) are being donated to our agency. Movie membership is available and is free. With your membership you will get a free Premium movie ticket in your account on 8/10 as well as other benefits. For more details about membership click here.

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To view the schedule of movies and to purchase a ticket CLICK HERE.

Interested in attending? Then visit the theatre’s address at 2023 Hudson St., Fort Lee, which is on the corner of Lemoine Ave. & Main St. If you would like to see the original post then please visit their homepage here. We hope to see you at the movies!

Are you a fan of Ridgewood Moving Services? Then leave us a testimonial or a review! You can do so on our testimonials pageYelpGoogle +, or Angie’s List. Every review helps us out, so place consider choosing one of the links above. Thanks for reading everyone!

July Blog Roundup: Top 5 Blogs

If you’ve missed any of our recent blogs, we’ve got you covered! We have five of our best blogs for you to read below. We’re celebrating our 150th blog post by showing you our very best on the website, including our fantastic moving story from our coordinator Christina and the monumental food donation Move For Hunger received in Seattle. Check it out:

A Day in the Life of a Mover – Christina’s Experience

“Being a moving coordinator, I was aware of what basically went on during a move day. When I actually went out on the truck with a team for the day, I learned much more. I developed a different way of understanding what the team goes through to get the job accomplished.”

Make a Donation to Move for Hunger

“As a nonprofit organization, Move for Hunger needs all the help it can get to keep itself running. With the help of donations, Move for Hunger can continue to help keep food banks full and help provide food to those that truly need it. If this sounds like something you want to do, then please visit their website here.”

Photo credit: Carl Cox

Photo credit: Carl Cox

Move for Hunger Receives 17,500 Pounds of Donated Food in Seattle

“A lot of the events we post here on the blog for Move for Hunger are in the local area, but Move for Hunger’s efforts reach the entirety of the United States! For instance, we have an example of an event below that took place in Seattle. A moving company called Gentle Giant Moving Company donated its time in collecting food for the organization during a marathon. This is the kind of efforts we often do for Move for Hunger at Ridgewood Moving Services.”

Center For Hope and Safety Holds its 28th Annual Family Picnic

“Recently, the Center for Hope and Safety held its 28th annual family picnic! This is an event that is held as a reunion for former and current agency clients. The event was such a success and over 300 people were in attendance! The people that donated made the event possible, so thank you to everyone that helped out!”

PSA: Want to Move? Book it Now!

“Did you know that summer is the busiest time of the year for a moving company? Every year, we get tons of clients asking us to move. Families typically have more time than normal, especially those that have kids no longer attending school, making them more prone to moving as a result.”

Are you a fan of Ridgewood Moving Services? Then leave us a testimonial or a review! You can do so on our testimonials pageYelpGoogle +, or Angie’s List. Every review helps us out, so place consider choosing one of the links above. Thanks for reading everyone!

Move For Hunger Holds Food Drive at Baseball Game

Long time raving fans of Ridgewood Moving Services (Ridgewood Moving) know that we’re big supporters of Move For Hunger. Move For Hunger is a nonprofit group that gathers food donations and brings them to food banks that help feed families around the world. We’ve helped its cause in our own community by asking our clients to donate their nonperishable food items and using our trucks to transport the food to local food banks. We also announce when Move For Hunger is running food drives on our blog to encourage our readers to take action and help make the world a better place!

Love baseball? Live near Lakewood, NJ? Then you’ll love the latest food drive being held by Move For Hunger! On August 23, the Lakewood Blueclaws are working with the OceanFirst Foundation to hold a food drive during their game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Tickets are on sale now, so click here if you’re interested. You can find out more by reading the excerpt below, written on Move For Hunger’s own website.

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The Lakewood BlueClaws and OceanFirst Foundation are teaming up to fight hunger in Monmouth and Ocean Counties! The Strike Out Hunger Food Drive will be held at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ on August 23. Fans attending that night’s game betweeen the BlueClaws and the Greensboro Grasshoppers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to help their neighbors in need. Tickets are available now and are just $13 for adults and $10 kids/senior citizens.

If you would like to see the full, original blog post then please click here. You can also learn more about Move for Hunger by visiting its homepage here. If you want to see how Ridgewood Moving Services helps Move for Hunger, then keep reading our blog for constant updates!

Are you a fan of Ridgewood Moving Services? Then leave us a testimonial or a review! You can do so on our testimonials pageYelpGoogle +, or Angie’s List. Every review helps us out, so place consider choosing one of the links above. Thanks for reading everyone!