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james_elcock_apronCHICAGO (October 27, 2010) – Realtor® James T. Elcock, broker of Elcock Properties in St. Charles, Mo., is one of five winners chosen by the National Association of Realtors® as REALTOR® Magazine's 2010 Good Neighbor Award winners. Elcock was selected for founding the Kids Against Hunger Metro St. Charles/St. Louis satellite, which provides nutritionally rich food to those in need throughout the U.S. and abroad.

"This year's Good Neighbor Award winners are extraordinary examples of how Realtors® value service and are committed to improving communities," said NAR President Vicki L. Cox Golder, owner of Vicki L. Cox & Associates in Tucson, Ariz. "Despite a troubling economy and an uncertain market, these Realtors® are volunteering their time and putting others before themselves. I am proud to honor these professionals."

 

In 2005, Elcock met Richard Proudfit, who was searching for nonprofit packaging and distribution partners for his volunteer operation in Minnesota, Kids Against Hunger. Elcock immediately signed on as a partner and launched a Kids Against Hunger Missouri satellite. Since then Elcock has involved more than 3,000 children volunteers in food packaging events, which are organized to assemble a unique rice-based recipe that costs only 23 cents per serving. Kids Against Hunger Metro St. Charles/St. Louis has sent close to 550,000 meals this year to those in need in countries such as Uganda and Nicaragua, as well as disaster-stricken areas and local St. Louis food pantries.

Elcock works with volunteers from local churches, schools and scout troops to set up assembly lines to assemble the food mixture, weigh the contents and place the bags in boxes to guarantee a 3-year shelf life. After the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, Elcock sent 285,000 meals to starving Haitian families. Elcock did the same for families after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Kids Against Hunger Metro St. Charles/St. Louis has also helped many local residents in need. Charlie Lane's home was destroyed by a flood and struggled to make rent payments for temporary quarters after retiring from his job. Lane was unsure how he would feed his family of six.

"Food stamps go only so far," said Lane. "It was a struggle to say the least. I saw the Kids Against Hunger food packages at a local food pantry. I figured if it could help those in other countries when a disaster strikes, why not us."

Elcock and the other four Good Neighbor Award winners will each receive a $10,000 grant for their charity, a $2,000 Lowe's gift card and will be profiled in the November-December issue of REALTOR® Magazine. The recipients will receive their awards on Saturday, November 6 at the 2010 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans.

"The Good Neighbor Awards is an opportunity for NAR to honor those Realtors who are leaders in their community, dedicating time and energy to helping those in need," said REALTOR® Magazine's publisher Frank Sibley. "These winners should know they have played a crucial role in the lives of others and are a remarkable inspiration."

Celebrating its 11th year, the Good Neighbor Awards has been conferred annually since 2000 and is presented by NAR's REALTOR® Magazine. The Good Neighbor Awards is sponsored by Lowe's and HouseLogic.

Nominees were judged on their personal contribution of time, as well as financial and material contributions to their cause. To be eligible, nominees had to be NAR members in good standing. More information about the Good Neighbor Awards winners is available at www.realtor.org/realtormag.

 
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