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Realtor Foundation Helps Wisconsin Children in Need

The Wisconsin REALTORS® Foundation (WRF) launched a multi-year campaign to help feed hungry children throughout Wisconsin with a $50,000 initial contribution to Feeding Wisconsin to help stockpile their six food banks and 1,000-plus food pantries throughout the state. The Foundation will follow up with additional fundraising and organizing REALTOR® volunteers.

Citing Feeding Wisconsin statistics, Chairman MikeSpranger noted that $7 feeds one child, three meals a day, for a week. “We will measure our success not by how much money we raise but by how many meals we can provide,” said Spranger. He noted there are over 16,000 REALTORS® in every corner of the state and the Foundation hopes to mobilize them to help food pantries bridge “the last mile” and deliver the food to
needy families.

The WRF’s “Make It Better” campaign is dedicated to helping Wisconsin children in one of four areas:  education, hunger, homelessness/abuse, and serious illness. “We are focusing on food insecurity and closing the hunger gap because 182,156 Wisconsin children go hungry each day,” Spranger said. “That’s one in six children in our state. We can, and we must do better.”  Spranger noted that feeding hungry children not only helps a child that day, but also helps that child over time. “Access to nutritious food is vital for a child’s physical and developmental growth,” he said. “We want to help families avoid the agonizing choice between paying their mortgage, rent and heating bills or providing adequate food for their children,” Spranger said.