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Lawyers Fight Hunger with the Legal Food Frenzy
Did you know that nearly 60% of Georgia’s public school students are eligible for either a free or reduced lunch at school each day? So where do these children go for a complete and balanced meal during the summer months when they are at home? Many families turn to Georgia’s seven regional food banks. These food banks, located throughout the state, work with more than 2,300 partner agencies and pantries to distribute over 90 million pounds of food annually to all 159 counties in Georgia.
In order to give the food banks the extra boost needed to meet the spike in demand during the summer months, Attorney General Sam Olens joined forces last year with the Georgia Food Bank Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia to launch the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy. The LFF is a two week food drive in which Georgia lawyers compete outside the courtroom to help the less fortunate by raising food and funds for the regional food banks.
This year’s competition is April 22 – May 3, and all Georgia lawyers are invited to participate. Last year, Georgia lawyers generously raised over 612,000 pounds of food. This year, our goal is 750,000 pounds. Although the LFF is a statewide competition, the food collected is donated to the closest regional food bank, so it stays in the community.
The overall winner of the competition is awarded the Attorney General’s Cup. There are also awards for the winners of several categories, including large, small and medium firm; sole proprietor; and legal organization. Awards are based on pounds per capita, so anyone can win. Last year, the winner was a sole proprietor, Adrienne Hobbs, who raised over 25,000 pounds of food.
The competition starts in less than a week, which means Georgia lawyers only have a few days left to register. If you are a Georgia lawyer, please help us reduce hunger by signing up today at www.galegalfoodfrenzy.org.
About the Author
Lauren Kane joined the Office of the Attorney General as Director of Communications in February 2011. In this capacity she serves as the chief spokesperson for the Attorney General and manages media relations for the Department of Law.
Prior to joining the Department of Law, Lauren worked for a national property casualty insurance trade association and served in the Administration of President George W. Bush from 2005-2008. She was also on the planning teams for the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York and the 2005 Presidential Inauguration of President George W. Bush.
She is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.