Real Estate Agents Join Cause To Fight Hunger Nationwide
By Kimberly Turner
Real estate professionals across North America and Move For Hunger — a non-profit organization aimed to help hunger relief efforts — have teamed up to strengthen the efforts of the nation’s food banks.
When relocating many homeowners often throw out food items in order to make the process easier. “Relocating can be one of the most stressful things someone can go through — the last thing they are thinking about is the extra box of pasta or the few cans of corn in their pantry,” says Michael Oppler of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in New Jersey. “Our company has teamed up with Move For Hunger because, not only is it simple and effortless to incorporate their program into our daily process, but it is effective.”
Real Estate professionals and other partners of Move For Hunger help by offering to arrange boxing and pick up for unopened non-perishable food times during the moving process. “We simply incorporate Move For Hunger materials into our marketing proposals, open houses, and social media marketing,” says Oppler. “This is a great way to show our clients what the local hunger need is.”
Just starting the program, Prudential Indiana Realty plans to “have a box in plain view at all our offices to remind our agents and employees to promote it and even donate on their own,” says relocation director Ann Gioe.
With one in seven Americans relocating every year, and one in six struggling to find their next meal, the help offered can be astronomical for food banks. Since 2009, Move For Hunger’s partnership with real estate professionals provided enough support for over one million meals to those in need.
“I’m always blown away by the amount of food drives we pump out every year,” says Max Lowy, the program manager for Move For Hunger. “But, what truly excites me is the idea that we have the chance to set an entire industry to a common purpose in a way that betters their businesses and supports their communities.”