WASHINGTON (June 23, 2021) – The National Association of Realtors® and Food Recovery Network announced a partnership extension to combat hunger during the association's 2021 RPAC President's Circle Conference. NAR committed to ensuring a series of upcoming events and meetings are Food Recovery Verified – a Food Recovery Network program that recognizes food businesses and events for recovering surplus food and donating it to hunger-fighting non-profits.
As part of its collaboration with FRN, a national non-profit committed to fighting food waste and hunger through food recovery, NAR will encourage the 1,200 state and local Realtor® associations across the country to participate and multiply the effort.
"Realtors® regularly serve and give back to their communities because it's the right thing to do and the collective impact is immeasurable," said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. "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."
NAR's commitment will augment the work of FRN and its affiliates, which has to date recovered 4.9 million pounds of food, equivalent to 4.1 million meals donated and 4.2 million pounds of CO2 emissions prevented since 2011.
"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 FRN Executive Director Regina Anderson.
The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
About Food Recovery Network
Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit that unites 4,000 college students, dining providers, food suppliers, and local businesses with students at colleges and universities who recover perishable food that would otherwise go to waste and donates that food to over 350 nonprofit partners who feed people in need. Our programs are on 174 campuses in 46 states and the District of Columbia and have recovered and donated more than 4.9 million pounds of food to date – the equivalent of more than 4.1 million meals to individuals and families in need. In 2020 alone, FRN recovered 1,042,525 pounds of surplus food from campus dining halls, food suppliers, restaurants, and farms across the U.S. – the equivalent of 868,771 meals for people experiencing hunger. For more information, visit http://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org.
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