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Attorneys donate $50,000 and 8,100 pounds of food to fight hunger

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Lawyers in Indiana and Kentucky stepped up to the challenge and donated nearly $50,000 and more than 8,100 pounds of food during this year’s March Against Hunger food drive.

Forty-three law and nonprofit groups participated in the sixth annual food drive during the month of March organized by the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, the Indiana State Bar Association and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. The food and donations will go to 11 regional food banks that operate under Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.
 
“Once again, the lawyers in Indiana and their professional colleagues have gone above and beyond the call of duty,” said ISBA President Jim Dimos. “Their generosity in providing for the basic needs of our fellow Hoosiers is truly heartwarming and another reminder of how lawyers make a difference in their communities in so many different ways.”

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller hands out the “Attorney General’s Cup” to those who collect the most donations in six categories. This year’s winners are:
•    Extra Large Division – Barnes & Thornburg LLP (Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Elkhart) – 665 pounds of food and $15,218.93 in monetary donations
•    Large Division – Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP (Merrillville) – 1,569 pounds of food and $4,121 in monetary donations
•    Medium Division – Wilkinson Goeller Modesitt Wilkinson & Drummy LLP (Terre Haute) – $2,400 in monetary donations
•    Small Division – Tuesley Hall Konopa LLP (South Bend) – 95 pounds of food and $1,150 in monetary donations
•    Sole Proprietor – Steven Douglas Law Office (Ellettsville) – $1,410 in monetary donations
•    Public/Non-Profit – Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office (Evansville) – 2,095 pounds of food and $5,000 in monetary donations.

“For the sixth year in a row the members of my profession have stepped up to help put food on the tables of those struggling and in need of the most basic necessities,” Zoeller said.  “These participants deserve recognition for selflessly giving their time and money to a worthy cause.  With their help we were able to help countless families.”

Since 2009, the March Against Hunger food drive competition has generated 52,354 pounds of food and $231,799 in monetary donations for Indiana’s regional food banks.



 

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