The goal was to collect 2,000 food items for TABLE, a local hunger relief charity. The morning of April 1st, we pulled up to the TABLE offices with approximately 6,400 items.
“We’re really overwhelmed.” Ashton Chatham, Executive Directory of TABLE, called me a few hours after the Moxie team had dropped off the food. “Our food stores have been running a little low, so Moxie’s contribution came at a great time. We’re incredibly grateful.”
The Moxie team had a great time with the drive. Phil (branch owner) created a contest at the beginning of March, offering a flat screen TV to the technician who collected the most food and a Coach purse to the admin who collected the most. Jake Vreeken won the TV, collecting 2,500 items himself! Brandy Hulbert won the purse, coming in with 194 cans.
Moxie wants to give a huge thank you to all of our customers (and many of your neighbors) for helping us feed hungry Triangle children. We look forward to more community service projects in the near future!
Ever wonder what 6,400 non-perishable items looks like?
Sorting food before heading to TABLE.
Joe man-handling the food bags.
The guys who did the heavy lifting.
It takes a crowd to unload a few thousands pounds of food.
Update: Thanks to our employees’ efforts and our customers’ generosity, we’ve reached and surpassed our goal of 2,000 food items collected in just the first 10 days of the month! We’re excited to see how far we can go before March 31. Thanks to all who have contributed!
“Every week, thousands of pounds of food come in, and thousands of pounds of food go out.” – Joy MacVane, Founder of TABLE
One in four children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area rely on the National School Lunch program for breakfast and lunch, meaning they’re at risk of going hungry after school and on weekends.
Since 2008, TABLE has been helping food-insecure kids eat well outside the school setting. The Moxie family is excited to partner with TABLE for our 2013 community food drive.
How You Can Help
Contribute food items on TABLE’s “most-needed” list.
Canned Tuna or Chicken
Low Fat Granola Bars
Peanut Butter, Jelly (plastic container)
Canned Corn, Green Beans, Carrots
Canned Spaghetti with Meatballs or Ravioli
Canned Fruit or Non-Perishable Fruit Cups
Noodle Dishes (macaroni and cheese; ramen noodles)
Juice boxes (low sugar; multipack)
Non-Refrigerated Milk Boxes
Packaged Healthy Snacks
Make a cash contribution to TABLE
Using either of the donation buttons below will send your contribution directly to TABLE, helping them cover their administrative costs and continue serving local children.
Make a One-time Donation to TABLE
Make a Recurring Donation to TABLE
Help Spread the Word
Moxie has set a goal to collect 2,000 food items for TABLE during the month of March, and we’ll need your help to get there! Help us spread the word online by visiting our Facebook page and clicking the “Like” button. Facebook will also track our progress toward the 2,000-item goal, so check back often.
If you have any questions about the food drive or TABLE, please call us at (919) 781-8200, or contact TABLE at (919) 636-4860.
Miami beach is home to more than 300,000 stray cats that reduce the rodent population dramatically.
It’s fascinating to visit another part of the country and see a totally different range of pests. In warmer, humid climates, residents often have to worry about mosquitos and insects year round. In cooler parts of the world, rodents tend to sneak indoors for the winter. There are pesky bugs that can only survive in certain countries, and others that seem at home no matter where they end up.
On a recent trip to Miami, we discovered feral cats roaming the city as if they owned the place. It was interesting to watch them prance about and dart from the streets to the beaches to the dunes. They seemed to rule the pedestrian path and could often be found with a bird or other creature locked between their jaws.
While this is a common sight to those native to the region, it’s a strange sight to behold for tourists. When we inquired about the numerous cats, we discovered that south Florida has been overrun with the creatures for years. In fact, despite cat advocacy groups spaying and neutering the animals in droves, and animal control euthanizing strays whenever possible, the population of kitties continues to grow.
Some people find them to be a bit of a nuisance especially because they hunt and kill millions of birds and other beloved creatures. However, one huge perk is the noticeable absence of mice and rats. Overflowing dumpsters that would normally attract rodents in droves are mercifully quiet. South Floridian homeowners worry about ants, snakes, and the occasional alligator, but very rarely do rodents make an appearance. These cats are a pretty effective form of pest management.
Though stray cats do bring their own health concerns, most residents agree that they would rather have wandering felines than an overabundance of rodents. Cats may be considered pests in this case, but better to have that kind of pest than the alternative.
The weather this year has been particularly strange. 70-degree days were flanked by 40-degree days and areas that normally never dip below freezing reported snow and sleet.
Can Frigid Temps Kill The Bugs?
Regardless of the cause behind the wacky weather, many homeowners wonder whether uncharacteristic deep freezes can kill off insect populations and make for a better spring and summer when it comes to pest management.
While that sounds like a nice idea. Cold weather typically does very little to harm insects. In fact, most pests have evolved extremely fine tuned mechanisms for surviving the cold.
Some insects produce their own antifreeze, others simply bury deep into the ground to avoid the frost and ice, still others learned to hibernate and find warm areas to nest for the winter.
Termites for example can take refuge under the eaves of a house throughout the winter before emerging in the spring and creating new colonies of destruction. Oftentimes, homeowners don’t realize they’ve been housing termites for months because the insects were inactive and in self-preservation mode during the chill. Continue reading →
Of all the creepy crawlies out there, which one is mostly likely to send shivers down your spine? Ants? Roaches? Maybe spiders?
In the beloved children’s book Charlotte’s Web, Wilber’s eight-legged friend humanizes spiders by making them seem creative, kind, and selfless, like herself. Though spiders do have a number of positive attributes, they are almost always considered unwanted houseguests when they turn up in your home.