WASHINGTON (December 9, 2021) – As part of an ongoing relationship with the Food Recovery Network, the National Association of Realtors® today learned that its efforts provided roughly 3,475 meals to Americans in the past six months, from June through November, 2021. Since partnering with FRN in 2019, the nation's largest trade association has donated a total of 4,479 pounds of unused food from its events to hunger-fighting groups across the U.S.
"Food security, just like shelter, is not a luxury – it's a basic right of life" said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. "We are so grateful to have located a partner like FRN – which identified an area of real need in our world and found a practical, effective way to address it.
"This partnership perfectly illustrates the philanthropic spirit our members display daily in their communities, and we look forward to doing even more to feed Americans in need in the years ahead," Goldberg continued, noting that Realtors® volunteer at three times the rate of the average American (67% to 23%)."
Earlier this year, NAR released a report which showed the intrinsic link between hunger and housing insecurity. Its research found that eight million U.S. households lacked enough food from June 23 to July 5, 2021, along with a number of other critical findings.
"NAR is such a powerful partner because they truly walk the walk to make food recovery the norm and not the exception," said FRN's Executive Director Regina Anderson. "We greatly appreciate all that NAR does to maintain food recovery as a core component of its events and for encouraging its members to establish food recovery programs at their own events."
As part of its ongoing effort to address this significant, lingering need, NAR continues to support state and local REALTOR® associations that are working to have their events Food Recovery Verified. Securing the verification means FRN will help organizations implement their own food recovery plan. Individuals or associations looking for more information can email firstname.lastname@example.org, and FRN will walk interested parties through the process.
The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.5 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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