Virginia’s Attorney General Bill Mims is kicking off the third annual Legal Food Frenzy, a statewide competition that aims to raise 1.5 million pounds of food donations ” more than 1 million meals ” for the hungry. The competition starts today and runs through April 10. Organized by lawyers, the contest is a unique opportunity for members of the legal community to compete against one another outside of the courtroom, while helping the less fortunate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. “Lawyers are among the privileged in our society,”said Mims. “But with such privilege, comes an even greater responsibility ” to give back and help those most in need”
Donations to Virginia’s food banks are down while demand is at a record high. “The Legal Food Frenzy could not come at a better time,”said Leslie Van Horn, executive director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. “Food banks currently are experiencing an historic surge in demand for assistance”
Last year’s competition featured 181 law firms ranging from sole proprietors to the largest firms in the Commonwealth. More than 1.3 million pounds of food were donated. The winning firm was Schettine & Nguyen PLC of Richmond, a three-lawyer firm that brought in 4,200 pounds of food per person.