NAR's Work With the Food Recovery Network
For more than a decade, Food Recovery Network (FRN) has united universities, food and dining services, and private sector entities, like NAR, in the fight against hunger, recovering excess food from meetings and events and donating those meals to local hunger-fighting nonprofit groups. FRN has donated more than 4.4 million meals to those experiencing hunger in the US since being founded in 2011 on the University of Maryland's College Park campus.
- In the fall of 2022, FRN welcomed 10 new student-led chapters into its network, including 3 in FRN's 10 target states with the highest rates of food insecurity and the greatest amount of food waste.
- The amount of food recovered from the organization's student chapters is significantly higher than just one year ago (a 341% increase).
REALTORS® have a reputation for being active in their communities—for volunteering, donating to charities, or finding other meaningful ways to give back. NAR members, in fact, volunteer at three times the rate of the average American (67% to 23%). NAR's partnership with FRN is one of the best illustrations of that philanthropic spirit, with the nation's largest trade association having provided roughly 5,000 pounds of food from its events to hunger-fighting groups across the U.S. since 2019.
Recognizing the intrinsic link between shelter and food security, NAR released a report in the summer of 2021 highlighting some key statistics on the connection between affordable housing and hunger.
All donations to FRN directly support the organization's ability to enhance and increase food recovery efforts that ultimately provide meals nationwide to people experiencing hunger.