REALTORS® Fighting Hunger Campaign Generates Over 136,000 Meals for Georgia Food Banks

 

ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Association of REALTORS® (GAR) and the Georgia Food Bank Association (GFBA) today announced that REALTORS® across Georgia raised 34,095 dollars during the inaugural REALTORS® Fighting Hunger fundraising competition. This is the equivalent of 136,380 meals that will be distributed to hungry families by Georgia’s food banks and their partner agencies. The campaign is a new effort formed out of an existing partnership between GAR and GFBA to support the food banks during a time of unprecedented need.

Georgia’s food banks have been responding to a 40-60 percent increase in demand since unemployment rates have soared due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and more Georgians are struggling to keep food on the table than ever before.

“Georgia REALTORS®  have always been a resilient group, persevering in unprecedented times, the pandemic being the most recent,” said Faron W. King, 2020 President of the Georgia REALTORS®. “More importantly, Georgia REALTORS® are a generous and caring group, as evidenced by the outstanding performance in the REALTORS® Fighting Hunger Campaign.” He continues, “Our outward-facing vision statement says it all: Enhancing the Quality of Life in our Communities. I would like to thank REALTORS® across Georgia for always rising to the occasion and supporting their communities. I am so very proud of our members!”

A total of 19 local REALTORS® Boards and Associations, representing 15,031 members of the real estate community, competed as teams for two grand prizes: the Hunger Fighter Cup, awarded to the team that raised the most money overall, and the Food Champion Cup, awarded to the team that raised the most money per capita. Every 1 dollar raised earned teams 4 points in the competition with various bonus point opportunities.

“The Georgia Association of REALTORS® has been a long-time partner in our fight against hunger,” said Executive Director of the Georgia Food Bank Association, Danah Craft. “We are pleased to have grown our partnership this year with the REALTORS® Fighting Hunger campaign. Georgia’s food banks are responding to the greatest increase in need that our network has ever seen, and we are very fortunate to have the support of Georgia’s REALTORS® during this time of hardship for many. Thank you to GAR, its members, and everyone who supported this campaign in its inaugural year. The funds raised will go a long way to feed hungry kids, seniors, and families in Georgia.”

The Hunger Fighter Cup winner was the Athens Area Association of REALTORS®, earning 30,205 total points. The Albany Board of REALTORS® won the Food Champion Cup, earning 52 points per person. A full list of the competition winners and regional highlights can be found below.

GAR and GFBA plan to make the REALTORS® Fighting Hunger campaign an annual competition that will take place each summer. The competition is open to all local REALTORS® Boards and Associations in the state of Georgia with award categories for small, medium, medium-large, large, and mega-sized Boards and Associations. All of the funds collected are donated directly to the regional food bank that serves each Board and Association’s respective community.

A complete list of the 2020 winners can be found on the REALTORS® Fighting Hunger webpage

About the Georgia Association of REALTORS® (GAR)

Georgia REALTORS® is a voluntary professional association of approximately 43,000 licensed real estate brokers and salespersons engaged in all aspects of the real estate business throughout the state.  Georgia REALTORS® is the leading advocate for the real estate industry in Georgia, committed to protecting private property rights and free enterprise, maintaining ethical and professional standards, and enhancing the public’s awareness and confidence in REALTORS®.

About the Georgia Food Bank Association (GFBA) 

The Georgia Food Bank Association’s member food banks share food, resources and best practices to help close the meal gap and ensure a hunger-free Georgia. Working through nearly 2,400 partner agencies and pantries, they distribute more than 140 million pounds of food annually to 159 counties in Georgia. To support the food banks, GFBA develops statewide partnerships to raise food and funds, advances legislative priorities that impact the food banks, educates the public about the role of food banks, and raises awareness about hunger. http://georgiafoodbankassociation.org/