The National Association of REALTORS® and the Food Recovery Network announced the extension of a partnership to help fight food waste by donating surplus food to organizations in need.
NAR said a series of its upcoming events and meetings will be “Food Recovery Verified,” which is a Food Recovery Network program that recognizes businesses and events for recovering surplus food and donating it to organizations. NAR will encourage the 1,200 state and local REALTOR® associations across the country to also participate in the Food Recovery Network program.
“REALTORS® regularly serve and give back to their communities because it’s the right thing to do, and the collective impact is immeasurable,” said Bob Goldberg, NAR’s CEO, in a statement. “During the pandemic, we witnessed a surge in food insecurity, and the basic need for food is greater than ever. As we transition back to hosting in-person events across the country, we hope that our actions will spark others to get involved and address hunger through food recovery wherever they live and work.”
To date, the Food Recovery Network has recovered 4.9 million pounds of food, which equates to about 4.1 million donated meals. The Food Recovery Network donates the surplus food it collects to more than 350 of its nonprofit partners.
“Partnerships like the one we have with NAR are critical to helping us change the culture from wasting food to recovering food because they have the ability to reach millions of members who can, in turn, begin to do the right thing with their surplus food and help their communities at the same time,” said Regina Anderson, the Food Recovery Network’s executive director.