April 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 4 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Join the Los Angeles Legal Community in the Fight against Hunger

Participate in Food from the Bar from April 19 through May 14, 2010.

Food from the Bar—a grass-roots campaign started by lawyers to fight hunger among children—consists of a four-week effort from April 19 through May 14 in which law firms and legal offices in Los Angeles engage in friendly competition to contribute money, donate food, and volunteer time sorting and packing food at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.

The campaign helps replenish food bank supplies to meet families’ increased needs during the summer months when children are out of school and are not receiving subsidized lunches and breakfasts.

Last year, Food from the Bar debuted in Los Angeles on a pilot basis. Lawyers and staff at nearly 30 law firms and legal offices participated, raising nearly $200,000 and more than 14,000 pounds of food. 

Building on this success, the campaign expands this year to the entire Los Angeles legal community to include lawyers, judges, court reporters, mediators, paralegals, and other administrative staff. The campaign plans to raise $250,000, donate 20,000 pounds of food, and contribute 750 volunteer shifts.

Why participate in Food from the Bar? Consider these facts: One out of four children in Los Angeles County faces hunger when summer vacation begins. Nearly one million Los Angeles County residents received food assistance from food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in 2009. Demand for food from food banks and pantries continues to grow as the economic crisis lingers. For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide four-and-one-half meals.

A Food from the Bar campaign in your office will support a worthwhile apolitical cause while fostering teambuilding, community spirit, and camaraderie. Why not organize a volunteer shift with your coworkers, or challenge another department?

To sign up your firm or law office, send an e-mail to Marie Carpenter at mcarpenter@lafoodbank.org with your firm name, an administrative contact, and a partner contact. For more information, contact Marie Carpenter or visit Food from the Bar.

LACBA proudly supports the Los Angeles 2010 Food from the Bar campaign.

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