Unprecedented. Historical. Challenging. Inconvenient? (No judgement, here. You’re among friends…)
Many of us recognize the inconveniences imposed by cancelations and quarantining, but for those who struggle with food insecurity, the impacts of COVID-19 represent real economic hardship.
“Our food banks and pantries have been overwhelmed trying to help in this crisis,” said Laura Lester, Executive Director of the Alabama Food Bank Association. “We have car lines extending for miles whenever there is a food distribution and our warehouses are running low.”
Silver lining: your firm can help. By registering your firm as a participant in the 5th annual Alabama Legal Food Frenzy, which begins May 4, your firm can help fight hunger in Alabama – at a time when your neighbors need you most.
This year’s competition, which is completely virtual and runs until May 15, firms are separated into five categories: Large firms (> 40 employees), Medium firms (21 – 40 employees), Small firms (3 – 20 employees), Sole practitioners (1 – 2 employees) and Legal Organizations. Registering is easy – just visit alabamalegalfoodfrenzy.org and click “Register My Law Firm.” If you wish to donate without registering your law firm or legal organization, you can select “Donate without Registering.”
“I have spent this year reminding us that Alabama State Bar members are Better Together,” said Christy Crow, President of the Alabama State Bar. “When we work together for the common good, we can accomplish amazing things. The Legal Food Frenzy is a great example of this.”
Food insecurity is a problem for over 16% of Alabama households and is likely to increase as a result of COVID-19. Raising awareness of the problems associated with food insecurity and donating will make a difference in our communities, and is a goal of the Legal Food Frenzy.
“Because of the impacts of the pandemic downturn, more people are struggling to find food than ever before,” said Lester. “Children have lost the school meals they depend on, low income families are dealing with lost wages, and our seniors are more at risk than ever before.”
Last year’s winners included Lewis & Feldman, LLC; MF Walker Law Group, LLC; Longino Public Finance, LLC; Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law; Hill, Hill and Carter; and the Alabama State Bar.
“We are so grateful for the support of the legal community to help us reach Alabama families,” Lester said.