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September 14, 2017
September has been designated National Hunger Action Month by the Vermont Foodbank, and to raise awareness and fight hunger in Vermont, Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced the start of the 1st Annual “Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive.” The Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive is a collaboration between the Office of the Attorney General, the Vermont Bar Association and the Vermont Foodbank and will run from September 15th through 30th. Thirty Vermont law firms and law offices have signed up in advance to participate in this first-ever event.
“Every day, Vermonters are being forced to make tough choices to keep food on the table,” said Attorney General Donovan. “People are having to choose between paying for food or paying for the costs of living, housing and transportation. It is a privilege to practice law in Vermont and as lawyers, I believe it is our duty to help those in need when we can. I am happy to join with the Vermont Bar Association, Vermont Foodbank and so many Vermont law firms and offices to try and help.”
A recent study by the Vermont Foodbank and Feeding America shows that one in four Vermonters (around 153,000 people) turn to food shelves and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. These numbers include an estimated 33,900 children and 26,010 seniors. A staggering 71% of Vermont Foodbank clients report purchasing inexpensive or unhealthy food because they could not afford more healthy food options. Many of these households have no member with health insurance of any kind and 56% of Vermont Foodbank clients reported choosing between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care at least once in the past 12 months.
During the Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive, participating law firms and offices will be collecting shelf-stable, non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations. Food and money collected will go to helping stock the shelves of over two hundred Vermont Foodbank partner food shelves and meal sites around Vermont. Firms and offices who raise the highest totals during the event will be recognized by the Attorney General at the Vermont Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in October.
Law firms and offices participating in the Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive include:
Barber and Waxman
Blodgett, Watts and Volk, PC
Carroll, Boe & Pell, P.C.
Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office
Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP
Law Office of Claudia I. Pringles
Law Office of David Sunshine PC
Law Office of Deborah W. Kirchwey
Murphy Sullivan Kronk
North Law PLC
Paul Frank + Collins
Ronan Law Group, PLC
Ryan Smith & Carbine LTD
Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C.
The Law Offices of Katherine Burghardt Kramer
Unsworth LaPlante, PLC
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Vermont Bar Association
Vermont Federal Courts
Vermont Legal Aid – Burlington
Vermont Legal Aid – Montpelier
Vermont Legal Aid – Rutland
Vermont Legal Aid, Richard K. Bowen, Brady/Callahan (as one participant)
Vermont Attorney General’s Office
Vitt & Associates
Winburn Law Offices
Windsor County State’s Attorney’s Office
Last modified: March 12, 2018