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Following the close of a two-week campaign for donations, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced the completion of the 2nd 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 (VBA) and the Vermont Foodbank. The drive ran during Hunger Action Month in Vermont. Twenty-six Vermont law firms and law offices signed up in advance to participate in this year’s event.
In just the two-weeks of this year’s food drive, the Vermont legal community raised over $12,700 and more than 3,000 shelf-stable, non-perishable food items. All food and funds collected went directly to the Vermont Foodbank and over two hundred Vermont Foodbank-partner food shelves and meal sites around Vermont.
“I’m proud to have so many of my fellow Vermont lawyers and friends willing to give back and try to help those in need,” said Attorney General Donovan. “I want to say thank you all for joining us in this event. The money and food raised goes directly to helping hungry Vermonters and will make a real impact. I look forward to continuing this annual event next fall.”
“The Vermont Bar Association was very pleased to once again collaborate with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and with the Vermont Foodbank to collect food items and to raise funds to help Vermonters in need,” said Gary Franklin, President of the VBA Board of Bar Managers. “Thank you to the participating lawyers and law offices throughout Vermont for their generosity and thank you to the Attorney General’s Office and to the Vermont Foodbank for the opportunity to join forces to combat hunger in Vermont.”
“With this generous donation, Vermont’s legal community is taking a real stand against hunger,” said Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles. “Every day, thousands of families, children, and older Vermonters face difficult choices about how to put nutritious food on the table. Because of Lawyers Fighting Hunger, they will have a place to turn for the healthy food they need to reach their full potential. We are truly grateful to everyone who made this possible.”
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.
In connection with the Lawyers Fighting Hunger food drive, a “friendly competition” was held to recognize the firms and offices who raised the highest totals during the event. Winners in three categories will be announced by the Attorney General at the VBA’s Annual Meeting later this week.
Law firms and offices participating in the Lawyers Fighting Hunger food drive include:
Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick, LLP
Biggam, Fox, Skinner, L.L.P.
Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices
Decato Law Office
Downs, Rachlin and Martin P.L.L.C.
Gravel and Shea P.C.
Langrock, Sperry and Wool L.L.P.
Maley and Maley, P.L.L.C.
Massucco Law Office P.C.
McNeil, Leddy and Sheahan P.C.
Office of the Vermont Attorney General
Paul, Frank and Collins P.C.
Primmer, Piper, Eggleston and Cramer, P.C.
Robert Appel, Attorney at Law, P.L.C.
Ronan Law Group, PLLC
Sheehey, Furlong and Behm, P.C.
Stitzel, Page and Fletcher P.C.
U.S. District Court/U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Vermont Bar Association
Vermont Department of Financial Regulation
Vermont Legal Aid (Burlington)
Vermont Legal Aid (Rutland)
Vermont Public Utility Commission
Vermont Trial Lawyers Association
Welford & Sawyer
Winburn Law Offices
Last modified: September 27, 2018