05/27/2015 01:04 pm ET Updated May 26, 2016

Moving this Summer? Donate Your Food

'Tis the season of moving. Although summer is not traditionally "the season of giving," if you are one of the 40 million Americans moving this summer it is the perfect opportunity to be a summertime Santa. While you are packing up all of your belongings, you can also be opening up your spirit of giving. In fact, the act of giving while you move will actually make your move easier.

Did you know that in the United States, 1 in 6 Americans, including 17 million children are at risk of hunger? Shocking right!? Local food banks are constantly in need of food donations, and you can make a difference. As you pack up your kitchen, don't through away those unexpired canned and dried goods, donate them! Save yourself some heavy lifting and shelf place in the new place. Sounds easy right? It gets better, you don't even have to take the food down to your local food bank yourself!

Visit, a non-profit organization that will connect you with a local moving company that will deliver your non-perishable food donations to your local food bank for you. In under 6 years, Move For Hunger has delivered over 5,000,000 lbs of food to food banks across North America. Check out their Find A Mover tool and feel good about working with a moving company that gives back. It's free and one less thing to pack.

Wondering if your food bank wants your 3 pound bottle of mustard? Here are the top items that they need:

• Canned Vegetables & Fruits
• Canned Stews & Soups
• Canned Beans
• Canned Tuna
• Pasta & Sauce
• Baby Food
• Dry Beans
• Flour
• Cereal & Oatmeal
• Juice
• Rice
• Peanut/Nut Butters & Jelly/Jams

Now that you have donated a box full of food to provide meals for hungry families, feeling the urge to help even more? Start your own food drive. Simply ask local businesses, schools and libraries to put out your colorfully decorated food drive donation boxes and use your social networks to get the word out. If I can do it for three years in a row with the "Let's Send Hunger Packing" food drive, you can too. It only takes 1.2lbs of food to provide a meal to an individual in need, so it doesn't matter how big your food drive is, every little bit helps. Together, we really can send hunger packing!