NAAG Staff Caught Up in “Legal Food Frenzy”

At a time when many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, law firms throughout Virginia and the D.C. metro area – including NAAG – have stepped up to aid those in need. Participating in the fifth annual “Legal Food Frenzy”, NAAG staff partnered with firms throughout the region to raise food and funds for those facing economic hardship.

The event – sponsored by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, the Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks – pitted area firms in a fundraising competition against one another. Between April 4 and 15, offices raised money and gathered canned goods to benefit the more than one million Virginians considered “food insecure.” In the friendly contest, the law firm or organization that raises the most food (based on a per person average) will be awarded the highly coveted “Attorney General’s Cup” and will be invited to a special reception at the governor’s mansion in Richmond. Additional prizes will be awarded to winners of the sole practitioner, law school, and small, medium, and large size firm categories.

At NAAG, the Charities Committee (composed of Judy McKee, Erjona Fatusha, and Veronica Ricca) coordinated events for the NAAG staff, encouraging donations while promoting a positive and fun atmosphere. As in past years, the NAAG staff held a potluck luncheon that solicited donations for the contest. Several NAAG employees contributed to the event by bringing in delicious dishes – from crock-pot classics like marinated meatballs to authentic Indian dishes, an entire world of cuisine was represented.

NAAG staff brought big hearts to match their eager appetites. Within one lunch break, $525 was raised – which represents a total of 2,100 pounds of food for Virginia children, senior citizens, disabled adults, and families. In addition, more than 87 pounds of canned and packaged food were donated.

Over the past four years, law firms, legal organizations, and law schools who participated in the Legal Food Frenzy have raised the equivalent of more than 5.4 million pounds of food, putting the contest within reach of its five-year goal to raise 7 million pounds. Over that period, the number of “food insecure” Virginians has increased nearly 40 percent, underscoring the importance of the contest and contributions of area law firms. The timing of the contest is also significant – spring is a traditionally slow period for food bank donations, especially relative to the holiday months.

While the contest winners had not been announced at press time, NAAG staff is proud to have participated in this important event. Information about participating in the fight against hunger in your state can be found at www.feedingamerica.org.

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli kicks off 2011 Legal Food Frenzy.