National Association of REALTORS® CEO Bob Goldberg announced today, from the stage of the association’s Leadership Summit in Chicago, that NAR is partnering with the Food Recovery Network, a nonprofit led by college students, to donate unserved meals from its conferences and meetings to feed the less fortunate. The partnership came about after the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, in Washington, D.C., when FRN helped the association recover 85 meals after two meeting cancellations. The meals were donated to Charlie’s Place, a D.C. homeless shelter.

“Giving back to the community is the right thing to do, and I am proud that NAR members have a long history of helping their neighbors,” Goldberg says. “We hope this effort will inspire other associations, organizations, businesses, and individuals to fight hunger in their local communities.”

Goldberg is asking the 1,200 state and local REALTOR® associations to join the effort by pledging to replicate the partnership at home. At the Leadership Summit, incoming state and local association presidents are gathered this week, along with their association executives, to meet with NAR’s 2020 Leadership Team, including NAR’s 2019 President John Smaby of Minneapolis and President-elect Vince Malta of San Francisco. Malta will be installed as president at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco this November.

FRN, which was founded in 2011 and has more than 200 chapters on college campuses in 44 states, has recovered more than 3.9 million pounds of surplus food from school cafeterias and local restaurants.

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