Movoto Real Estate partnered with Grocery Outlet in early November to hold its first annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. All food and cash donations went to the Community Food Bank to be distributed to those in need this Thanksgiving season.
“We were blown away by the results. It was really inspiring to see just how generous the Fresno and Clovis community could be. We had people handing us cans as we were shutting down and driving away!” said Julie Fulcher, Movoto’s Fresno Area Manager.
After two days, Movoto had collected 2,386 pounds of food and $1,082 in cash donations, enough to generate 9,560 meals for the hungry in Fresno and Clovis and far surpassing their expectations.
“We really didn’t know what to expect for our first food drive and were awed by just how many people were donating. When the Community Food Bank told us that most companies raise about 200 pounds of food, that really put our food drive success in perspective,” said Cynthia Countouris, Movoto’s Head of Marketing. “Roughly two thousand 2000 people participated.”
“It was truly humbling to hear some people’s stories about times when they were in need. These were people who clearly didn’t have a lot, but were still finding room to give back. The entire Fresno and Clovis community came together to help. Whether it was people who were financially stable or people who admitted they were struggling themselves, people gave generously,” Countouris continued.
Fresno County is one of the top 10 producers of the nation’s fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural products. Yet, its child food insecurity rate is 29.2%, higher than the rate in California (22.9%) and the US overall (20.9%). In a 2014 Fresno Hunger Count survey, they found that of over 42,000 people surveyed, a whopping 51% of households reported experiencing food shortages at least one month per year.
“We’re grateful for partners like Movoto and Grocery Outlet. Thanks to their commitment to giving back to the local community, a lot of families will have food on their tables this Thanksgiving,” said Kym Dildine, Chief Administrative Officer at Community Food Bank. “The generosity of our community supporters lets Community Food Bank continue to make an impact against hunger in Fresno and Clovis.”
“People aren’t aware that the residents of Fresno, where most of America gets its food, are struggling to put food on their own tables,” said Fulcher. “We’re living in a time where all we hear about is how divided we are, but the unity and sense of camaraderie in Fresno and Clovis are alive and well. It was really uplifting to see just how much people from all walks of life were willing to band together to help one another out.”
About Movoto Real Estate
Movoto Real Estate was founded on a simple principle: Selling and buying real estate is too complicated. That’s why Movoto has dedicated over a decade to simplifying it. From humble beginnings as a three-person startup in 2005, the company has grown to become the second largest online real estate company in the US.
With the backing of Recruit Holdings, owner of the largest real estate portal in Japan, Movoto has developed a real estate network of over 3,500 agents across all 50 states. Movoto was selected four years in a row for Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. Join the over 26,000 clients who have trusted Movoto agents with buying or selling their home and the over 50 million people who searched for homes on Movoto in 2015. Learn more at movoto.com.
About Grocery Outlet
Based in Emeryville, California, Grocery Outlet offers big savings on brand name products, with customers able to save 40% to 70% compared to conventional retailers. The fastest growing, “extreme-value” grocer in the U.S., Grocery Outlet has over 250 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Grocery Outlet carries a full range of products.
From fresh produce, meat, deli and dairy to a wide assortment of natural and organic choices. They also offer a large selection of beer and wine, health and beauty care, as well as seasonal items. A third-generation, family-led company founded in 1946, Grocery Outlet’s mission has always been to provide customers an exciting place to find WOW savings on name brands they trust. Grocery Outlet stores are run by independent owner-operators in the local community. For more information, please visit http://www.GroceryOutlet.com
About Community Food Bank
Community Food Bank is the region’s largest community-based, non-profit agency dedicated solely to ending hunger in the Central Valley. Community Food Bank has experienced tremendous growth since its beginning in 1992, and now serves at the center of a vast network of more than 200 non-profit agencies, including schools, churches, community kitchens and more, throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings, Kern and Tulare Counties.
Community Food Bank operates several food distribution and outreach programs, which combined, distribute more than 38 million pounds of food to families in need each year and serve more than 280,000 people monthly – of whom 90,000 are children.