Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General T.J. Donovan Announces Close of Third Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive

September 24, 2019

Contact: Rob McDougall, Chief, Environmental Division, (802) 828-3171

Following the close of a two-week campaign for donations, Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced the completion of the 3rd 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 September, which has been designated Hunger Action Month in Vermont. Twenty Vermont law firms and law offices signed up in advance to participate in this year’s event, and for the first time ever, a team from Vermont Law School also participated.

In just the two weeks of this year’s food drive, the Vermont legal community raised over $8,000 and more than 4,400 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. Overall, in the three-year history of the Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive, the Vermont legal community has raised more than $35,000 and collected over 11,000 food items.

“Thank you all for joining us in this event,” said Attorney General Donovan.  “I’m proud of my friends in the Vermont legal community who were willing to give back and try to help those in need. The money and food raised goes directly to helping hungry Vermonters and makes a very real impact in our communities. I look forward to this event each fall and I’m already looking ahead to September 2020 and kicking off the 4th annual food drive.”

“The Vermont Bar Association is pleased to collaborate again this year with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and with Vermont Foodbank to collect food items in order to help Vermonters in need,” said Gary Franklin, President of the VBA Board of Bar Managers. “I’d like to thank the participating lawyers and law offices throughout Vermont for their generosity, and to thank the Attorney General’s Office and Vermont Foodbank for the opportunity to work together to combat hunger in Vermont.”

“What an incredible impact this has for our neighbors facing hunger,” said Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles. “We are blown away by Vermont’s legal community and how they’ve rallied together to ensure that everyone in Vermont has the nourishing food they need to thrive. For the 1 in 4 people in Vermont who do not always know where their next meal is coming from, this is life-changing. We are so 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 at the VBA’s Annual Meeting later this week.

Law firms and offices participating in the 3rd Annual Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive include:

Bauer Gravel Farnham, LLP

Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick, LLP

Biggam Fox Skinner, LLP

Bradley D. Myerson Law Offices

Cohen Consumer Law

Dinse, PC

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

Justice for Victims Legal Clinic

Maley and Maley, PLLC

McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan PC

Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Paul Frank + Collins P.C.

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC

Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C.

Stitzel Page & Fletcher P.C.

Vermont Bar Association

Vermont Department of Financial Regulation

Vermont Law School

Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. – Rutland Office

Vermont Public Utility Commission

Vermont Trial Lawyers Association

Last modified: September 24, 2019