April 2011 • Vol. 31 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 18 through May 14, 2011.

Food from the Bar—a grass-roots campaign started by lawyers to fight hunger among children in our community—consists of a four-week effort from April 18 through May 14, 2011 among law firms and legal offices in Los Angeles whereby participants 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.

Food from the Bar debuted in Los Angeles on a pilot basis in 2009. Last year in 2010, lawyers, judges, court reporters, mediators, paralegals, and other administrative staff at 62 Los Angeles County law firms, courts, and legal organizations raised more than $286,000 (an increase of more than 40 percent from the year before), 14,200 pounds of food, and 549 volunteer shifts.

This year, as the need continues to grow, so do the campaign's goals, with $350,000 (1.4 million meals), 15,000 pounds of food, and 750 volunteer shifts targeted.

Why participate in Food from the Bar? One out of four children in Los Angeles County faces hunger when summer vacation begins. Nearly 40 percent of the people served by the Foodbank are children under the age of 18. The high cost of living in Los Angeles, coupled with a lingering troubled economy, forces thousands of low-income families to choose between paying the rent and buying groceries. Some 46 percent report having to choose between buying food and paying their rent/utilities.

For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide four 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?

For more information or to sign up your firm or law office, contact Marie Carpenter, Community Relations Manager, Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, at (323) 234-3030 x146 or mcarpenter@lafoodbank.org, or visit Food from the Bar.

LACBA proudly supports the Los Angeles 2011 Food from the Bar campaign. 

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