Legal Community Pulls Together for Virginians Facing Hunger
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Lawyers across Virginia amassed food and donations equal to 1.3 million pounds of food in the 9th Annual Legal Food Frenzy.
During the two-week contest, held March 30-April 10 this year, legal professionals statewide compete against like-size firms and law offices for the most overall and per-capita contributions.
A committee of the VBA Young Lawyers Division helps organize the law firms, legal departments, government offices and law schools -- more than 150 participants this year -- for what is one of the year's biggest food drives for Virginia's seven food banks. The Legal Food Frenzy program runs in conjunction with the Attorney General's Office and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.
Attorney General Herring announces winners
Attorney General Mark H. Herring announced the winners in 12 categories in a news release issued May 6. "We pushed the Food Frenzy all across the state this year and communities from Roanoke to Northern Virginia to Richmond to Hampton Roads will benefit from the commitment and generosity of the Virginia legal community," he said.
The top honors and the Attorney General's Cup go to the law firm of B. Cullen Gibson of Norfolk. The firm collected 25,050 pounds worth of food per person. This is the fifth consecutive year the Norfolk firm collected the top prize.
The Office of the Attorney General won the government and public service category for providing 69,265 pounds worth of food.
Five YLD members co-chair campaign
Co-chairs for the Legal Food Frenzy project in the VBA YLD are Chris Gill of Christian & Barton, Derek Swanson of McGuireWoods, Lauren Wheeling of Williams Mullen, Stacey Forbes of Reed Smith and Will Prince of ThompsonMcMullan.
Leslie Van Horn, executive director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, said the federation assisted nearly 1.2 million Virginians in need of emergency food assistance last year. The food banks distributed more than 142 million pounds of food in 2014.
The highly successful campaign started statewide in Virginia has been replicated in several states across the nation.
Over the nine years of the Virginia statewide Legal Food Frenzy, legal professionals have supported their neighbors by providing the equivalent of 12.76 million pounds of food to local food banks.