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 2,300 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 eight regional food banks. The food and monetary contributions collected by GMFB during the competition stay in the region, helping to serve more than 60 of GMFB’s partner agencies throughout the service area of Hall, Dawson, Forsyth, Union and Lumpkin counties.
In this year’s Legal Food Frenzy Competition, attorneys across the state raised the equivalent of 1.34 million pounds of food, pushing the competition’s six year total over 6.34 million pounds. In total, 215 law firms and legal organizations representing more than 14,000 employees competed to see who could raise the most and win the coveted Attorney General’s Cup.
Locally, within GMFB’s north Georgia service area, 14 teams participated in the competition collecting 1,197 pounds of food and raising $16,263.50. This record-breaking year raised the equivalent of 66,251 pounds of food or enough to provide more than 55,209 meals to the community.