2020 was a year that introduced new obstacles and events that many of us have never thought that we would face. As we all learned to adapt to the new normal – and every version that followed – CORT was there too. In a year when the percentage of U.S. households with children who are food insecure has doubled, from 14% to 28%, it was especially important to the entire CORT team to do their part to help.
While facing each challenge and hurdle thrown our way, CORT was able to push forward with our efforts to reduce food waste and support the fight against hunger through our partnership with Move for Hunger.
We began working with Move for Hunger in 2018 to bring together the relocation industry by collecting unopened, non-perishable food items from multifamily housing residents and delivering them to local food pantries.
Last year, CORT collected and delivered 51,433 lbs. of food. This total along with our donations since our partnership began is the equivalent of 122,245 meals donated to those who need it most.
“2020 led more Americans searching for food than ever before. Our partnership with CORT, however, has been a bright light during these challenging times,” said Move For Hunger Executive Director and Founder, Adam Lowy. “Their continued dedication to our mission helped us feed tens of thousands of people last year, and we are grateful to have them as a partner in our fight against food waste and hunger.”
Last year, even though we weren’t able to gather in person, CORT thought outside of the box and found ways to take our efforts online by organizing a virtual fundraiser that challenged our teams to literally “move for hunger.” Employees participated by doing their favorite form of exercise and pairing it with a donation to the organization. CORT also added the ability to take in-store food donations as well as cash or credit card donations at the time of sale in our Outlet locations nationwide.