Thursday, 02 28, 2013
Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller today launched the fifth annual March Against Hunger food drive competition at the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville, Ky. The friendly food drive challenges attorneys and law firms to compete against each other to see which firm can donate the most food to regional food banks.
Dare to Care is one of 11 regional food banks that partner with Feeding Indiana's Hungry or FIsH – an organization that helps link Indiana's resources to feed those in need. For the fifth consecutive year, the Indiana Attorney General's Office has joined FIsH, the Indiana State Bar Association and the Kentucky Attorney General's Office to help challenge law firms to donate goods and raise money for these banks.
"March Against Hunger is an opportunity to spread awareness about a growing problem and spotlight attorneys who go above and beyond to help their clients and their communities," General Zoeller said. "Hunger is preventable and that's why we are calling on those in the profession to lend their support."
In 2012, 51 law firms participated in the March Against Hunger food drive and donated more than 11,400 pounds of food and raised $51,822. Since 2009, food drive participants have donated more than 34,100 pounds of food and raised $127,167.
"The food bank that we're supporting serves families in the Louisville area and southern Indiana. I encourage firms based in Kentucky to consider joining this effort to help put food on the tables of families in need across this region. I applaud General Zoeller and his efforts to organize this food drive and I appreciate the opportunity to assist in his efforts," General Conway said.
Dare to Care Executive Director Brian Riendeau said the organization partners with more than 300 local, social service agencies to distribute food. The bank serves five Indiana counties and eight Kentucky counties. In the past year, Dare to Care and its partners provided over 12 million meals to more than 192,000 people.
"March Against Hunger provides much needed food for Dare to Care," Riendeau said. "But just as important is the way this campaign raises awareness about the tens of thousands of Kentuckiana families who struggle daily with putting meals on their table."
Kentucky ranks 14th highest in the nation for the number of food insecure children, under the age of 18, and 4th highest in the nation for food insecure children, under the age of five.
This year the "Attorney General's Cup" will be presented to the firm in each of the six categories that collects the most donations:
- Sole Proprietor
- Small firm (2-11 persons)
- Medium firm (12-21 persons)
- Large firm (22-49 persons)
- X-Large firm (50+ persons)
- Public/non-profit firm
To sign up to participate in this year's statewide competition visit www.marchagainsthunger.org or www.in.gov/attorneygeneral. Totals and winners will be announced shortly after the deadline to donate which is March 31. Those not employed by a law firm can contribute nonperishable foods at a participating firm listed at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral or a FIsH food bank listed at www.feedingindianashungry.org.