ALABAMA STATE BAR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY, April 24, 2018
Alabama State Bar, Alabama Attorney General’s Office and Alabama Food Bank Association Kickoff the 3rd Annual Legal Food Frenzy
MONTGOMERY – Alabama State Bar President Augusta S. Dowd and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the kickoff of the 3rd Alabama Legal Food Frenzy, a statewide competition to be held April 23 through May 4 among law firms to benefit Alabama’s eight regional food banks. During this event, law firms and legal organizations will collect food for their regional food banks. Monetary donations will also be accepted and counted as four pounds of food for each dollar. The law firm or legal organization that collects the most pounds of food per employee will receive the Attorney General’s Cup, with other honors awarded in categories based on the firm’s size.
“This is a time when we pause to be grateful for our good fortune and open our hearts and wallets to help our fellow men, women and children who are in need,” said Attorney General Steve Marshall. “Food banks in communities across our state perform outstanding work in their mission to strengthen our communities by providing sustenance and dignity to those who suffer from hunger. I thank those making donations which will provide vital assistance.”
More than 1.8 million Alabamians need food assistance and one in four children in Alabama comes from families who experience food hardships. Alabama’s eight regional food banks distributed more than 50 million pounds of food last year through their network of more than 1,500 partner agencies and pantries.
As explained by Alabama State Bar President Augusta Dowd of the law firm White, Arnold & Dowd, “Alabama lawyers live out our state bar’s motto, ‘Lawyers Render Service,’ in daily interactions with their clients and their communities. The Legal Food Frenzy, now in its third year, is a tangible example of the power lawyers have when they work together toward a common service goal: providing support for our fellow Alabamians in need of food assistance. The timing of the Legal Food Frenzy is no accident. When the 390,000 Alabama children who are on free and reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year are out for the summer, they miss their primary source of nutrition. The food collected during the Legal Food Frenzy helps food banks around the state stock food for the summer so that they are ready to assist these children and their families. I am proud of the good work our bar does in support of these efforts, and look forward to seeing how the Legal Food Frenzy continues to grow in response to a very present need.”