SPAAR members pack meals to support local food shelves
September 29, 2017
Saint Paul, Minnesota – September 29, 2017 – The Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® donned hairnets as they packed 24,336 meals to be distributed to local food shelves under the guidance of Stillwater-based nonprofit Meals from the Heart.
More than 100 brokers, realtors, their colleagues and families covered four one-hour shifts on Sept. 26 to help families in our Minnesota communities have more access to nutritious food, and to help end hunger.
“As REALTORS®, we are all part of the community. It’s with gratitude that we, in return, give back to each of the communities we serve,” said Bob Clark, realtor, broker and immediate past president of SPAAR. “Meals from the Heart partners locally to put food on our food shelves; this makes them a fabulous partner for our organization.”
The USDA defines “food insecurity” as the lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members. In fact, according to Meals from the Heart, one in six people in America face hunger and, as a result, more and more people are relying on food banks and pantries.
“SPAAR’s members enthusiastically supported this community project with Meals from the Heart, volunteering both their time and energy,” said Joe McKinley, community engagement director at SPAAR. “The project brought together realtors from many agencies who worked side-by-side to pack meals and to raise awareness for food insecurity in the Twin Cities.”
The Meals from the Heart service project was made possible with a grant from SPAAR’s Community Engagement Committee. Providing a hands-on experience with an objective to help people in the communities SPAAR serves was empowering to the participants, and many commented they hope to have this opportunity again.
Established in 1886, the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® serves more than 7,000 members in 11 Twin Cities metro area counties at its St. Paul, Coon Rapids and Eagan locations. The association is dedicated to promoting the dream of homeownership with the highest level of professional integrity – better agents, better communities. www.spaar.com