8th Annual Legal Food Frenzy March 31 to April 11
Friday, April 25, 2014
Posted by: Marilyn Shaw
Across the state, many Virginia families make tough choices: Food or heat? Food or shelter? Food or medicine?
Since 2007, Virginia lawyers and law students have recognized that some of their neighbors may need help in finding the nourishment to flourish. They do so in a two-week springtime event called the Legal Food Frenzy. This year’s event runs from March 31-April 11.
The Legal Food Frenzy has become one of the largest food and fund drives in Virginia. Some results:
- Cumulative (seven-year) total: the equivalent of 10,017,511 pounds of groceries;
- 2013 total: the equivalent of nearly 1.5 million pounds – about 1.25 million meals;
- Donations support the seven independently operated food banks across the state and their partner agencies, which serve more than 1 million Virginians every year.
Today, 11.8 percent (about three in every 25) of Virginians struggle to obtain sufficient nutritionally sound food for a healthy lifestyle. The faces of hunger include children, the elderly and those whose paychecks cannot cover every expense.
“This is a great opportunity for attorneys in Virginia to challenge each other outside the courtroom to help combat one of the greatest injustices in our community: hunger,” said attorney Christopher Gill, a longtime co-chair of the project through the Young Lawyers Division of The Virginia Bar Association.
The Young Lawyers Division coordinates the Legal Food Frenzy in collaboration with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks and the Office of the Attorney General. In recent weeks, Attorney General Mark Herring has promoted the Legal Food Frenzy with visits to contest kick-off events.
The participants in this effort to restock the shelves at food banks compete against other law offices of similar size and type for awards. Prizes acknowledge top overall collection as well as highest per-capita donation.
For the past three years the top honor, the Attorney General’s Cup, has gone to the law office of B. Cullen Gibson in Norfolk. The “mini” Attorney General’s Cup, for law schools, has been the domain of the University of Richmond School of Law for several years. The Prince William County Attorney’s Office has topped the per-capita giving for government and public service agencies for a number of years.
About registering for the Legal Food Frenzy
Law groups should register to participate at www.LegalFoodFrenzy.com. Registrants receive customized food and fund collection materials. Extra contest points are awarded for registrants who sign up volunteer as a group by April 12, 2014, at one of the food banks across the state.
About The Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
The Virginia Bar Association (www.vba.org) is the first and largest voluntary organization of Virginia lawyers and judges. It is the independent voice of the Virginia lawyer, and advances the highest ideals of the profession through advocacy and volunteer service.
The Young Lawyers Division (www.vba.org/yld) of the VBA was organized in 1957 for lawyers younger than 37 years old or in their first three years of practice, regardless of age. The division's involvement in community service projects continually earn it Awards of Achievement from the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.
About the Federation of Virginia Food Banks
A partner state association of Feeding America, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks (vafoodbanks.org/) is the largest hunger relief network in the commonwealth. Last year, its members distributed nearly 137 million pounds of products to more than 1 million individuals through 1,900 member agencies. Made up of the seven regional food banks in Virginia and Washington, D.C., with facilities in 14 locations, it is the single most important source of food for the agencies, accounting for 76 percent of products used by pantries, 57 percent of kitchens’ food and 34 percent of food distributed by shelters.
Food bank contacts:
- Federation of Virginia Food Banks, Norfolk, www.vafoodbanks.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, Norfolk, 757-627-6599, www.foodbankonline.org
- Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula, Hampton, 757-596-7188, www.hrfoodbank.org
- FeedMore, Inc. (Central Virginia Food Bank), Richmond, 804-521-2500, www.cvfb.org
- Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Fredericksburg, 540-371-7666, www.fredfood.org
- Capital Area Food Bank, Lorton, 703-541-3063, www.capitalareafoodbank.org
- Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Verona, 540-248-3663, www.brafb.org
- Feeding America Southwest Virginia, Salem, 540-342-3011, www.faswva.org
The Virginia Bar Association
701 E. Franklin St., Ste. 1120
Richmond, VA 23219
Yvonne C. McGhee
The Virginia Bar Association
Telephone: (804) 644-0041