AVE was honored by Move For Hunger at Corporate Housing Provider Association’s (CHPA) Annual Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, in February.
Move For Hunger, the official charity of CHPA, presented AVE its inaugural “Corporate Housing Provider of the Year” award.
“We are thrilled to recognize AVE as our ‘Corporate Housing Provider of the Year,’” says Adam Lowy, founder and president of Move For Hunger. Over the past year, AVE has incorporated our mission into their culture by rescuing leftover, non-perishable food from their residents and guests during move-out. Additionally, AVE participates in a number of food drives, fund-raisers, and team member-engagement events to raise awareness and provide meals for those less fortunate.”
In 2015, to kick-off the new partnership and to recognize September as Hunger Action Month, 18 AVE team members competed in Move For Hunger’s 2nd Annual Jersey Shore Truck Pull. Teams pulled a 26-foot truck, tug-of-war style, in three heats to raise money to fight hunger.
AVE also hosted Resident Food Drive Parties at each of its six communities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, offering residents an evening of good fun for a good cause. Team members organized events featuring food trucks, live entertainment, and retailers, asking residents to donate non-perishable food items to be delivered to food banks in their communities. Just shy of 1,000 pounds were donated to the Salvation Army of West Chester, PA and Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which fed more than 830 people.
In November, AVE hosted food drives at each of its six communities to collect non-perishable food items to donate to community food banks at Thanksgiving. Nearly 600 pounds of food were transported to Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Salvation Army of West Chester, PA, which provided 485 meals during the holiday season.
“We specialize in flexible-stay, temporary accommodations, so we are serving an individual who is transition, whether they are on an extended business trip or relocating for work. We provide fully equipped kitchens, so our residents do buy food and cook while they stay with us. Sadly, a lot of that food gets thrown out when people move,” explains Lea Anne Welsh. “Our partnership with Move For Hunger just makes sense, and it feels good to be able to rescue those food items and get them to the food pantries where they are desperately needed.”