It seems you’ve ramped up your food distribution efforts in the past year, yes?
We’ve expanded the existing program all across the country and set a goal of donating at least 2.5 million meals this year. All of Brookfield’s 120-plus shopping centers, spanning from Ala Moana Center in Hawaii to Staten Island Mall in New York, will take part in this initiative.
Have you taken greater steps to involve communities in donating food to their needy neighbors?
Absolutely. Cars are lined up at centers for miles to both donate and receive food at some collections. We have big parking lots, so it’s easy to accommodate them. We also have large storage areas and are able to work with local food banks to aid our efforts.
Municipalities benefit greatly from sales taxes at thriving malls. Do you find them interested in partaking in your ESG initiative?
They are our partners in many cases. A mall is often the highest taxpayer in the community, so our general managers have viable relationships with the civic and economic development institutions in their communities. It’s not just us with our ears to the ground. We feel called upon to play leadership roles in our communities.