Business Journal Recognizes Partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief
STERLING, VA (October 11, 2018) – JK Moving Services, a global moving, storage, relocation, and logistics enterprise, is being honored as a top corporate citizen by the Washington Business Journal for its partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief. The award will be presented during the Journal’s 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Awards on November 9. Specifically, JK’s work to start the JK Community Farm, a charitable effort designed to alleviate hunger by growing and harvesting crops and livestock and donating them to Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR), which also distributes to other nonprofits.
“We are humbled by the Business Journal award and proud of our partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief. Starting JK Community Farm is a sustainable, tangible way for us to meet a critical community need, but it only works by having a great relationship with a nonprofit with a shared interest,” explained Chuck Kuhn, President and CEO, JK Moving Services. “Our Loudoun Hunger alliance is built on trust and respect, ensuring it will strengthen the community for years to come.”
LHR and JK Moving’s relationship started well before the farm. JK donated funds over the years and its employees have donated time, including helping stock groceries in the food pantry, move furniture, and paint during the LHR remodel. In advance of the farm, executives from both sat down to develop a plan for ensuring the farm met the needs of LHR and the community.
In its communities and business practices, JK employees live out the core values of care and respect every day. Through donations, in-kind service, and volunteering, JK and its employees support direct services to people in need, accessible education for people of all ages and backgrounds, and assistance to U.S. service members, military families, veterans, and first responders. Kuhn wanted to expand the breadth of his family and company’s philanthropic investments in a way that upholds their values and has lasting impact.
He started the JK Community Farm, a separate nonprofit, and then purchased land in Purcellville, Va. to house it. After putting the land into conservation easement, four acres are initially being used to grow more than 16 types of vegetables. More acres will be added in years to come. In addition, the Kuhn family is donating beef, pork, and venison. The JK Community Farm expects to donate 53,000 pounds of crops as well as protein this year with a retail value of approximately $235,000.
In addition to sharing meat and fresh produce, the JK Community Farm is planning to host educational classes for nonprofit clients about cooking, gardening, nutrition. The farm will also provide volunteering opportunities for JK Moving staff and others in the community and workforce training for nonprofit partner clients. The company and family will continue investing in the farm in the years to come but will also welcome investments of time and funds from business and community partners to keep the farm growing and reaching its full potential.
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For 35 years, JK Moving Services – the largest independently owned and operated moving company in North America – has provided local, long distance, and global relocation services to a variety of commercial, residential, and government clients. Headquartered in Sterling, Virginia, the company maintains a full-time, professionally trained staff of relocation and move management experts committed to providing the highest level of customer care. www.JKMoving.com