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Mouth bacteria could make stronger vaccines

HAMPTON, N.J. -- Three researchers have published a groundbreaking paper https://www.nature.com/articles/s41541-021-00341-4 on the importance of oral bacteria in the fight against infectious diseases like influenza, HIV, and COVID-19, Gingivax LLC announced today.

The bacteria in our mouths have traditionally been recognized as a nuisance or worse. They are the cause of tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Since we were kids, we were taught to vigilantly brush our teeth twice a day to keep them healthy.

But it turns out that oral bacteria also contain a secret: Research indicates that they possess the tools necessary to boost our immune systems against nastier pathogens, like the coronavirus. The new paper, published in the prestigious journal NPJ Vaccines, suggests that we can exploit these bacteria by using bits and pieces of them in vaccines.

Vaccines work by stimulating an immune response, specifically the part of the immune system responsible for producing antibodies. Small molecules called adjuvants are typically added to vaccines to make them more potent and, hence, elicit a stronger immune response.

Unfortunately, the "gold standard" of adjuvants - an aluminum salt called alum - is no longer seen as adequate because it does not activate all of the necessary components of the immune system to elicit a robust mucosal antibody response. Specifically, it does not activate Th17 cells, which play a central role in the production of antibodies in mucosal surfaces, such as those found in our mouths and noses. (Protecting these surfaces is key to stopping infectious respiratory diseases like influenza and COVID.)

Worse, there has been little progress over the last few decades in the development of new adjuvants, largely a result of the steep regulatory hurdles required for approval.

Until new adjuvants are developed, vaccine technology will be severely limited.

That is why Gingivax, a new company centered around the benefits of the oral microbiome, is investigating oral bacteria as a potential source of new adjuvants. Molecules extracted from these bacteria, which can activate crucial Th17 cells, could be added to vaccines to increase their efficacy.

This isn't the first time that bacterial components have been investigated as potential adjuvants. Previous research examined the use of gut bacteria, but the adjuvants derived from them can cause serious adverse events in patients. Because safety is the top concern in vaccine development, an alternative path is needed.

That is why we have turned to oral bacteria. Research indicates that the adjuvants derived from them can activate the immune response without overstimulating it and triggering adverse events.

Gingivax is currently seeking grants to conduct research in the development of novel adjuvants.

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Capacity LLC Redefines Its Brand Identity Around a Mission to Deliver Delight

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Capacity LLC, trusted leader in modern order management and direct-to-consumer eCommerce fulfillment, is proud to share a new website and digital assets that define the company's identity at a pivotal moment.

At a time when more than ever before consumers are finding what they need online - and forming deeper relationships with retail brands as they do so - Capacity's mission has shifted. While the same commitment to B2B retail excellence and best-in-class fulfillment technology remains, the increased focus on eCommerce has crystalized the company's primary goal as a true 3PL partner: deliver delight to the customers of the brands that Capacity serves.

Summarizing the importance of the company's new creative direction and digital identity, Capacity CSO Thom Campbell says: "Capacity's deep roots in the fulfillment sector make us an experienced partner, but we understand that we also need to be as dynamic and agile as our brand partners. As an extension of their brands, Capacity has a mission to make the order experience feel frictionless and excite the end customer with every package we ship. Our team knows we need to deliver delight with every order we pick, pack and ship."

As the world prepares to move from restrictions to recovery and growth, collaborative partnerships are more crucial than ever. With purpose-built new facilities, new locations, and veteran and fresh team members adding a concrete foundation from which to deliver that digital promise, Capacity is uniquely positioned to help brands scale their business and perfectly frame their customer's experience through exceptional order fulfillment.

To experience Capacity's fresh take on order fulfillment, visit https://www.capacityllc.com/

Watch the video for "Deliver Delight" here: https://www.capacityllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/CAPACITY-DELIGHT-MASTER-YOUTUBE-4.6.21_2.mp4

About Capacity LLC:

Since 1999, Capacity LLC has delighted clients and their customers by delivering exceptional order experiences, via custom-engineered fulfillment solutions, value-added services, and tier-one technology. Strategic locations on each coast and in the midwest reduce transit times, facilitate cost-effective shipping, and provide flexible transportation solutions. Our coastal facilities are close to the major ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and Newark/New York.

Capacity also has well-developed infrastructure serving the European market, with fulfillment operations in the UK near London's Gatwick Airport, in partnership with Yusen Logistics subsidiary ILG UK. The company provides domestic and international distribution for brands with a global reach.

Learn more at: https://www.capacityllc.com/

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Move For Hunger Receives $25,000 Major Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation

RED BANK, N.J. -- Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, today announced it has been awarded a Major Grant in the amount of $25,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation to support their food recovery and hunger relief programs to provide much-needed assistance to those in need in New Jersey and surrounding areas. This is the first Major Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation.

Move For Hunger was selected to receive the grant based on their goal to extend their hunger relief & food waste efforts within Provident Bank Foundation communities. Their 'Increasing Access to Nutritious Food While Fighting Food Waste' program will deliver 250,000+ pounds of food (208,800 meals) to food banks and pantries within areas that the Provident bank services including transporting 50,000 pounds (41,000 meals) of fresh, nutritious & perishable food.

The grant will also help grow Move For Hunger's network of movers and multi-family properties which will increase the amount of food recovered and transported along with increasing awareness of the organization's mission.

"Born and raised in New Jersey, I've seen firsthand the effects of hunger in our community," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "We're extremely proud to partner with The Provident Bank Foundation to increase our impact in the place where we all live and work and help our neighbors in need."

There are nearly a million people who are food insecure in New Jersey alone including 1 in 10 children. The grant from The Provident Bank Foundation aims to decrease those numbers at a time where the pandemic only made the problem worse.

"We are pleased to help further valuable initiatives put forth by local organizations who are working every day to strengthen the lives of residents in our communities," said Samantha Plotino, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. "We will continue to provide support to these important organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve."

To date, Move For Hunger has collected and delivered 23 million pounds of food -- providing 19 million meals -- to food banks and pantries all across the United States and Canada.

For more information about Move For Hunger, visit https://moveforhunger.org/.

About Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit https://moveforhunger.org/.

About The Provident Bank Foundation

The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 203 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools, and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $27 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities. For more information, visit http://www.theprovidentbankfoundation.org/ or call (862) 260-3990.

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Move For Hunger and Shyft Announce a New Partnership to Help Fight Food Insecurity Nationwide

RED BANK, N.J. -- Shyft, the #1 online moving marketplace, and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, announced today a new partnership that will grow Move For Hunger's food rescue and hunger relief programs to provide much-needed assistance to food banks across the country.

To date, Move For Hunger has collected and delivered 23 million pounds of food -- providing 19 million meals -- to food banks and pantries all across the United States and Canada.

"Shyft is changing the way people think about moving, and we love that they have incorporated reducing food waste into their model," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "'Donate Your Food When You Move' has been our mantra from the beginning, and it's been our goal to have it become a habitual part of the moving experience. Partnering with Shyft helps us get one step closer to achieving that."

On top of helping collect food with each move, Shyft's financial support will provide over 75,000 meals to those in need.

"We are really proud to join forces with Move for Hunger and contribute to the important cause of eradicating food insecurity through our community of Shyfters," said Keo Sar, Chief Revenue Officer at Shyft. "Covid-19 and its impacts have been everything but a great equalizer, and that's evident from the rise in food insecurity in the US and other parts of the world. We believe that no one should go hungry. That sustenance is a basic human right. Through this partnership, Shyft can make a meaningful difference to the lives of others - providing opportunities to fight hunger and reduce food waste, while banding together employees, clients, and communities for this most worthy cause."

Sar continued, "The bigger impact lies in our ability to influence both our suppliers and customers to engage more with the community through this and other initiatives."

With the global pandemic making food insecurity peak in 2020, Shyft's support couldn't have come at a better time. 42 million Americans are going hungry including 1 in 6 kids. At the same time, 35% of the food produced in the United States ends up in landfills. Move For Hunger continues to step up to the challenge and in 2020, the non-profit transported over 5 million pounds of food (4 million meals), 40% more food than their record-setting year of 2019. Move For Hunger has continued that momentum into the new year by recovering and transporting nearly 1.5 million pounds of food in the first four months, double that same period last year.

About Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs.

For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit https://moveforhunger.org/.

About Shyft

Shyft is the #1 online moving marketplace in the world. Headquartered in San Francisco, we are building a community of Shyfters that, enabled by technology and the promise of long-term flexible working models, can now live anywhere. And we're empowering them to Shyft everywhere through our network of over 400+ moving companies and lifestyle providers across 68 countries. We believe that 21st century consumers deserve services that put experience ahead of everything else, and that lead with love and empathy - to ensure that you always feel safe, secure and immersed in your new community as soon as you Shyft there.

To learn more about Shyft, visit https://www.shyftmoving.com/.

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Move For Hunger and Altair Global Renew Partnership to Fight Food Insecurity Nationwide

RED BANK, N.J. -- Altair Global, the largest independent, full-service, global mobility services company, and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, announced today their renewed partnership that will provide much-needed assistance to food banks across the country. Their support will help grow Move For Hunger's food rescue and hunger relief programs.

To date, Move For Hunger has collected and delivered more than 22 million pounds of food ‒ providing over 18 million meals ‒ to food banks and pantries all across the United States and Canada.

Move For Hunger and Altair Global have been partners since 2016 and since then Altair Global has helped provide over 3 million meals to those in need.

"Altair Global has been one of our best partners since they became a part of Move For Hunger," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "They continue to innovate and push the envelope of who they are as a company as well as how they support in the fight against food insecurity."

In the first year of partnering, Altair Global hosted a 'Can The CEO' event where employees could fill the CEO's office with food. The event brought in 770 pounds of food equating to 650 meals. Throughout the years, they continue to try new ways to collect food. Just last December, Altair Global hosted a holiday Grinch-themed food drive and fundraiser that collected more than 5,000 meals. The North Texas Food Bank was the beneficiary of both events.

"Altair's commitment to partnering with Move For Hunger has not wavered. We whole-heartedly pledge our support to the Move For Hunger team and to the cause of raising funds to help those in need," said Chad Sterling, CEO of Altair Global. "As we hope to leave the pandemic behind, we cannot forget those who still need our assistance. Now, more than ever, Altair wants to be a source of hope and help to anyone facing difficult times. Through our partnership with Move For Hunger, we can."

Food insecurity touches every community in the country. At the start of the pandemic 37 million Americans were going hungry and due to the pandemic that increased to 42 million Americans including 13 million children. Move For Hunger rose to the challenge by transporting 40% more food in 2020 than its previous record-setting year in 2019. Through the support of partners like Altair Global, Move For Hunger can continue to fight for the families, individuals and children who are most in need of food assistance.

About Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit https://moveforhunger.org/.

About Altair Global

Since 1989, Altair Global has been delivering exceptional mobility experiences to customers and clients worldwide. Supported by sophisticated, dynamic technology, our focus on experience management drives continuous improvement and innovation in our full-service global assignment and relocation services. Trust Altair to guide your mobility journey. Please visit http://www.altairglobal.com/.

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Capacity Announces Appointment of Kevin H. Adams as Chief Operations Officer

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Capacity LLC, trusted leader in modern order management and direct-to-consumer eCommerce fulfillment, is proud to announce that Kevin H. Adams will be the company's new Chief Operations Officer.

Kevin is a proven leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and a track record of transforming business enterprises in diverse environments. He brings the wisdom of more than 20 years of progressive leadership to Capacity, with experience in roles ranging from manufacturing and distribution to logistics and professional services.

As a graduate of the United States Military Academy - West Point and with an MBA degree in Operations Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, Kevin's educational background is as impressive as his professional career. Moving on from active duty, he transitioned to prominent engineering roles for both midsize and large global manufacturing firms in the aerospace, automotive and medical device sectors.

Of this key appointment, Capacity's Chief Commercial Officer Noah Sange says: "I am thrilled to be working alongside Kevin again. He is an amazing operator, laser focused on leadership, team building, and has a strong history of successful execution against clearly defined objectives, no matter how complex the environment. We are looking forward to the immense benefit that Kevin will bring to all of our employees and clients."

With an important addition to the executive team secured, Capacity provides a foundation for operational excellence and exceptional order fulfillment. The firm's experienced leaders and facilities in key locations across the US, as well as strategic partner hubs serving Europe, demonstrate how Capacity is investing heavily to do even more to serve existing clients and attract new business partners.

About Capacity LLC:

Since 1999, Capacity LLC has delighted clients and their customers by delivering exceptional order experiences, via custom-engineered fulfillment solutions, value-added services, and tier-one technology. Strategic locations on each coast and Chicago reduce transit times, facilitate cost-effective shipping, and provide flexible transportation solutions. All coastal facilities are close to the major ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and Newark/New York.

Visit https://www.capacityllc.com/ to learn more.

Capacity also has well-developed infrastructure serving the European market, with fulfillment operations in the UK near London's Gatwick Airport, in partnership with Yusen Logistics subsidiary ILG UK. The company provides domestic and international distribution for brands with a global reach.

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Move For Hunger and Buckingham Foundation Announce Partnership to Fight Food Insecurity

RED BANK, N.J. -- Buckingham Foundation, the philanthropic partner of Buckingham Companies, an Indianapolis-based full-service real estate firm, and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, announced today a new partnership that will provide much-needed assistance to food banks across the country. Buckingham Foundation's support will help grow Move For Hunger's food rescue and hunger relief programs in Indiana, Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee.

To date, Move For Hunger has collected and delivered more than 22 million pounds of food -- providing over 18 million meals -- to food banks and pantries across the United States and Canada. Buckingham Foundation will encourage residents who are moving out at select properties to gather their non-perishable food items and leave those items behind to be donated to local food pantries and food banks. Through this new partnership, Move For Hunger can provide 15,000 more meals to those in need.

"We're very excited to be making Buckingham Companies and their Foundation a part of Move For Hunger," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "They've been a strong advocate for years in the fight against hunger and the joining of our two companies will only help amplify all of our work."

"Buckingham Foundation's mission is to create positive change in the areas we serve," said Theresa Rhodes, Executive Director of Buckingham Foundation. "Our partnership with Move for Hunger will help us tackle food waste and hunger in our communities, which directly supports our mission to give back in a tangible way. Buckingham Foundation is proud to involve our residents and employees in this meaningful initiative."

Food insecurity increased in 2020 with the effects of the pandemic leaving millions out of work. 42 million people, including 1 in 6 children, are struggling to know where their next meals will come from. All the while, 35% of the food in the United States ends up in landfills. Move For Hunger helps rescue unused, non-perishable food and with its network of 1,000+ movers, transports it to local food banks across the country.

The new partnership with Buckingham Foundation will enable Move For Hunger to continue to help the families, individuals, and children who are most in need of food assistance.

About Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit https://moveforhunger.org/.

About Buckingham Foundation

Buckingham Foundation is the philanthropic partner of Buckingham Companies. Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation has grown its grant giving capacity to support affordable housing opportunities for families in need, to encourage participation in arts and culture initiatives and to invest in local communities. In 2015, Buckingham Foundation joined the fight against childhood hunger with its Love Indy campaign. Buckingham Foundation invests in organizations through meaningful grants, volunteers thousands of hours to hundreds of nonprofit and civic organizations and goes beyond typical philanthropy to open doors that create positive change. To learn more, visit https://www.buckinghamfoundationinc.org/.

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Cortland and Move For Hunger Partner to Fight Hunger and The Environmental Impacts of Food Waste

RED BANK, N.J., -- Cortland, a multifamily real estate investment management company, and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, announced a partnership that will not only help provide much-needed assistance to food banks across the United States but will also help to curb food waste and its resulting adverse impacts to the environment.

Through the partnership - which is Move For Hunger's second-largest - Cortland will support the organization's food rescue and hunger relief programs across all of its nearly 200 apartment communities, diverting food from landfills and into the hands of those who need it most.

With the Move For Hunger partnership, all Cortland residents and associates will have the opportunity to easily collect and donate non-perishable food they no longer want without leaving their apartment communities. Apartment communities will provide residents and associates with food collection bags upon request, which they can fill and drop at a spot on-site. Move For Hunger will then arrange for food pickup and delivery to the local food bank or pantry.

"This portfolio-spanning partnership with a like-minded organization like Move For Hunger will help us to continue to support our communities and drive our organization's sustainability mission," said Jonathan Tucker, executive vice president of Operations & Facilities, Cortland. "Move For Hunger has helped deter millions of pounds of food from ending up in landfills while also preventing more than four tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. In addition, the organization has helped provide more than 18 million meals to those in need. We look forward to bolstering these numbers and seeing what we can accomplish through this partnership."

An estimated one in eight people does not have access to sufficient food to lead a healthy life, while nearly one-third of the food produced globally is wasted, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Food wastage not only deprives those who need it most, but it is also a major driver of pollution. Food waste that ends up in landfills produces methane - a more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2. Excess amounts of methane absorb infrared radiation and heat up the earth's atmosphere, which is a driver of climate change.

"Through this new and aptly timed partnership, Cortland is now one of our largest allies," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "Partnering with Cortland will help reach our goals of reducing food insecurity coast-to-coast and protecting the planet by diverting food from landfills to food banks and pantries. We can't wait to leverage its nationwide portfolio to directly impact those struggling with hunger across the whole of the United States."

This partnership comes at a time when it's needed most. The past year has shined a light on both the environmental shortcomings and food insecurity across our nation. Together, Cortland and Move For Hunger can continue to support those in need and fight for the wellbeing of our planet and future generations by preventing additional greenhouse gas emissions.

About Move For Hunger:

Move For Hunger is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit https://moveforhunger.org/.

About Cortland:

Cortland is a vertically integrated multifamily real estate investment management company focused on delivering resident-centric, hospitality-driven apartment living experiences. Headquartered in Atlanta, Cortland manages and is invested in, directly or indirectly, nearly 200 apartment communities comprised of more than 65,000 homes in the U.S. with regional offices in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Orlando and Tampa. Cortland has significant experience in acquiring, developing, renovating, owning and operating multifamily communities leveraging the services of its construction, design, and property, asset and investment management affiliates. Internationally, Cortland maintains a management and development platform in the UK.

Cortland is a National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) Top 50 Owner and Manager, the Top Brand Performer for online reputation in 2020 (Reputation Score by https://reputation.com/property-management/), and is a Great Place to Work-Certified™ Company (2020). For more information, please visit http://cortland.com/.

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Move For Hunger and northAmerican Van Lines Renew Partnership and Host Their Largest Hunger Fighting Initiative

RED BANK, N.J. -- northAmerican® Van Lines, a leader in relocation services, and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, announced today their renewed partnership that will help provide much-needed assistance to food banks across the United States. As a partner, northAmerican® Van Lines will support Move For Hunger's food rescue and hunger relief programs.

To date, Move For Hunger's network of relocation professionals and multi-family properties has collected and delivered more than 22 million pounds of food - providing over 18 million meals - to food banks and pantries across the United States and Canada.

Move For Hunger and northAmerican® Van Lines have been partners since 2011 and have 76 participating agents as part of the Move For Hunger network. Over the past eight years, northAmerican® Van Lines and its agents have helped transport over half a million meals to those in need.

During the week of April 5 - 11, the two companies combined to host the Great northAmerican® Food Drive, an initiative that brought together 32 food drives hosted by different northAmerican® Van Line agents spread across 18 different states and Canada. The week-long initiative collected 25,700 pounds of food which is the equivalent of 21,500 meals. The food was distributed to local food banks in various cities.

"northAmerican Van Lines has been an amazing supporter of ours since our early days," says Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "When they approached us with this idea of holding 30+ food drives simultaneously, we jumped at the opportunity. While we host hundreds of food drives every year, we have never done one on this scale before."

"Food insecurity has always been a big issue in the United States and Canada, but the pandemic has amplified the need. Food pantries have been hit with unprecedented requests for food from individuals and families directly impacted by COVID-19," said Kevin Murphy, Vice President and General Manager of northAmerican® Van Lines. "northAmerican and its agent network are committed to supporting the communities we serve in any way possible. We are proud and honored to partner with Move for Hunger, an organization that is truly making a difference in the fight against hunger."

Food insecurity touches every community in the country. At the start of the pandemic 37 million Americans were going hungry and due to the pandemic that increased to 42 million Americans including 13 million children. Move For Hunger rose to the challenge by transporting 40% more food in 2020 than its previous record-setting year in 2019. Through the support of partners like northAmerican® Van Lines and its parent company SIRVA who is also a partner, Move For Hunger can continue to fight for the families, individuals, and children who are most in need of food assistance.

About Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger (501(c)(3) is a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit www.MoveForHunger.org.

About northAmerican Van Lines

North American Van Lines, Inc. (U.S. DOT No. 070851), established in 1933, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SIRVA Inc., a leader in providing relocation solutions to a well-established and diverse customer base around the world. The moving company, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with more than 500 agent locations and partners worldwide, handles corporate, government, military and private relocations, and operates in the U.S., Canada, and over 100 countries. Learn more at www.northamerican.com.

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Ganja Pioneer Ed ‘NJWeedman’ Forchion Commemorates 4/20 with New Jersey Celebration and Miami Expansion

TRENTON, N.J. -- While "Weed Day" 4/20/21 marks a luminous occasion for longtime marijuana activist and entrepreneur, Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion, in his home state of New Jersey, per the recent legalization of cannabis, the victory is somewhat bittersweet for him. The bitter is that his current "Citizen's Dispensary" operates as a black-market operation as he continues to battle for inclusion within the legal arena.

The sweet is, not only a huge in-store and online celebration party this 4/20, but also the announcement of his expansion, with a 420-themed lounge opening soon in Miami, Florida, entitled, The Joint of Miami. Onsite festivities for this 4/20 at NJWeedman's Joint, located at 322 E. State St. in Trenton, include vendors, live entertainment and food with online streaming across all the NJWeedman's Joint social media platforms and website.

A self-confessed weed smuggler from the early 90's, Forchion's 1997 arrest by the Camden County Drug Task Force and members of the local DEA would turn out to be just one of many over several decades. Never one to back done from authority, he achieved media notoriety when he was arrested for smoking marijuana in front of the entire New Jersey State Assembly in 2000 and garnered a national platform when he fired it up at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA during the Republican National Convention. It was 10 years before the launch of Instagram and smoking weed publicly was still a criminal act, but there was no social media to make such radical deeds of civil disobedience go viral. Over 20 years later however, with marijuana finally legalized in over half of the United States, Forchion knows that his consistent battles on behalf of the plant are part of the steam engine behind cannabis now being heralded as a 'new' billion-dollar industry.

A cult figure in the marijuana legalization community, Forchion has since become one of the most vocal and controversial members of the pro-pot movement. He is the founder of the Legalize Marijuana Party of New Jersey and has run previous campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senate, Congress, the State Legislature, and the Burlington County Board of Freeholders. After decades of public persecution, Ed Forchion is finally being applauded for his decades of activism. Last month he spoke on virtual panels at Stockton and Princeton University, was featured on NBC News in New York and he is slated to appear on an upcoming segment of ABC-TV Nightline.

His many marijuana infused media stunts are well documented, including his attempt to legally change his name to NJWeedman.com, denied first by the courts in New Jersey in 2004 and in another case in California in 2011. His 2010 arrest in Mount Holly New Jersey, after a traffic stop where he was charged with possession with intent to distribute, with a jury ultimately serving a 12-0 verdict of acquittal, also added to his lore. His marijuana mansion parties in the Hollywood Hills between the years of 2009 and 2011; his Liberty Bell Temple dispensaries in Hollywood and his books, including his first title, "Public Enemy #420," published in 2010 all lend credence to NJWeedman's devotion for marijuana.

Police raids, DEA investigations, and state prosecutors have hounded Forchion coast to coast from New Jersey to Los Angeles and now back in New Jersey, but he has never missed a beat. His current reincarnation is NJWeedman's Joint, opened in 2015 with the support of his business partner, Debbi Madaio. The establishment was raided in 2016 by the local police and Forchion ultimately spent 447 days behind bars, only to later have a large portion of the charges dismissed by a judge.

While NJWeedman's Joint is a bustling marijuana themed eatery and smoke shop, The Joint of Miami will be an extension of the NJWeedman brand, offering a more inclusive cannabis experience. The Joint of Miami, located in the Wynwood Art District, will be a marijuana lounge with 'members only' access. Slated to open midsummer, The Joint of Miami will be a franchise operation and NJWeedman is already fielding inquires in other cities.

"I always dreamed this day would come," expresses Forchion. "I, like so many others, knew there was nothing criminal about this plant, yet we were treated like criminals. Now that it is legalized, our battle is with the politicians and corporations who want to shut out people like me, the brick layers of this industry. I tell everyone, I'm not getting off this 'cannabus.' I've been a ride or die soldier for years now and I'm not going anywhere."

"Back in mid-2000, I left New Jersey for Hollywood, CA. I was one of the early marijuana legalization pioneers out there, until the DEA made me leave. I came back to New Jersey, I saw what was going on and I conquered. My boast is that they can't get a jury of 12 to convict me. Now I'm headed to Miami and I'm super excited about the upcoming Florida expansion with the new lounge location. In fact, I envision 'Joint' locations around the country," notes Forchion.

For more information about NJWeedman's Joint 4/20 party, go to https://njweedmansjoint.com/home.

For more information about The Joint of Miami, head over to https://thejointofmiami.com/.

Take a puff with NJWeedman and read all about his adventures at https://linktr.ee/NJWeedman.

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