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Annual Community Action Project Continues to Address the Issue of Food Insecurity

HILLSIDE, N.J., Aug. 7, 2019 –NAIOP New Jersey collected more than $4,000 in cash and 1,100 pounds of food for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) as part of its 2019 Community Action Project. It was the 10th consecutive year that the commercial real estate development association has partnered with CFBNJ on the project.

More than 120 volunteers from 36 member companies delivered the donated funds to CFBNJ’s Hillside headquarters and warehouse facility, along with food collected from colleagues and tenants. They also stocked shelves and repackaged supplies for distribution to New Jersey residents in need.

The state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization partners with over 1,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to ensure that nutritious food is available to families in need year-round. CFBNJ has a southern branch located in Egg Harbor Township.

“From community action projects like this to supporting comprehensive anti-hunger legislation, NAIOP NJ and our 800-plus members are committed to addressing the issue of food insecurity across our state,” said Michael McGuinness, CEO. “We encourage all of our members as well as our commercial real estate industry colleagues to join us by donating directly to CFBNJ to help further their mission to end hunger through job training and food support.”

Earlier this year, NAIOP NJ launched a “1 Million Meals for NJ” campaign to raise $333,333 to provide 1 million meals for families in need. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $120,000 – or 360,000 meals – from direct donations and via a dedicated page on the CFBNJ website, http://support.cfbnj.org/naiop.

Barbara Morford, NAIOP NJ’s Senior Director of Policy and Communications, coordinates the annual project. The 2019 Community Action Committee Co-Chairs are Carlos Torres, Turner Construction; Kelsey Nakamura, Cushman & Wakefield; and Stacey Weinberg Kierman, Federal Business Centers. Solar Landscape and The Stro Companies sponsored lunch for volunteers.

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Photo Caption: Volunteers from 36 member companies collected more than $4,000 in cash and 1,100 pounds of food for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey during NAIOP NJ’s 2019 Community Action Volunteer Day.

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