NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city-based corporation that specializes in the promotion and protection of the commercial real estate industry has been cited for its efforts to combat hunger in New Jersey.

NAIOP New Jersey was selected by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and Commerce Magazine as "Champions of Good Works" during the seventh annual tribute to "the kindness and generosity of the state's business community," according to an April 4 press release.

The award was accepted by NAIOP NJ Senior Director of Policy & Communications, Barbara Morford, who manages the association’s community action projects.

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Michael McGuinness, NAIOP NJ CEO, said, “We are proud to accept this honor on behalf of our 800-plus members who volunteer their time and energy to collect food and cash donations to support the nearly 1 million residents of our state who suffer from hunger. From supporting comprehensive anti-hunger legislation to community action projects, NAIOP NJ is committed to continuing and expanding our efforts to address the issue of food insecurity."

For the past nine years, NAIOP NJ’s anti-hunger initiatives have included dedicating its annual Community Action Project to partnering with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ). The state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization, CFBNJ partners with over 1,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters across the state to ensure that nutritious food is available to families in need year-round.

To celebrate its 10th year supporting CFBNJ, NAIOP NJ has launched a 1 Million Meals for NJ fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $333,333 to provide 1 million meals for those in need across the Garden State. To date, the campaign has raised more than $72,000 online via a dedicated page on the CFBNJ website, http://support.cfbnj.org/naiop.