More than 1.8 million Georgians need food assistance. Georgia's persistently high unemployment rate continues to drive record high demand for food assistance. Georgia's eight regional food banks distributed more than 130 million pounds of food last year through their network of more than 2,600 partner agencies and pantries. And the need continues to grow. Food donations traditionally slow in late spring and early summer as families focus on end-of-school activities and summer vacations. Food Banks and their agencies see the demand for food increase during this time as the 700,000 children who depend on access to breakfast and lunch at school are home for the summer months.
Georgia Legal Food Frenzy is a joint effort by the Young Lawyers Division, the Attorney General's Office and the Georgia Food Bank Association. Georgia Legal Food Frenzy asks Georgia lawyers to challenge each other outside the courtroom during the statewide food drive benefitting the State's seven regional food banks. The food and monetary contributions collected by GMFB during the competition stay in the region, helping to serve more than 50 of GMFB's partner agencies throughout the service area of Hall, Dawson, Forsyth, Union and Lumpkin counties.
The Georgia Legal Food Frenzy asks Georgia lawyers, and law firms, to challenge each other outside the courtroom during the statewide food drive benefitting the State’s eight regional food banks. Last year’s competition reached a milestone by raising more than one million pounds of food statewide. The drive accepted both monetary and food donations. A total of 277 law firms and legal organizations representing 16,176 employees competed in the 2014 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy to raise the equivalent of 1,140,627 pounds of food, a 36 percent increase from last year.
GMFB had 20 firms in Hall County and Forsyth County participate in the 2015 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy. Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP, collected the largest monetary total and Hall County Solicitor's Office collected the largest food total of the participating firms. In all, local law firms raised $10,757.50 and collected more than 2,221 pounds of food to help to provide more than 55,000 meals to those in need throughout the five county service area of GMFB - an almost 20% increase from last year.
1st Place Funds Raised - Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP ($3,931)
2nd Place Funds Raised - Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker, LLP ($2,695)
1st Place Food Collected - Hall County Solicitor's Office (956 pounds)
2nd Place Food Collected - Hall County Juvenile Court (279 pounds)
For more information go to the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy website or view the PDF below.