For Immediate Release - February 22, 2010

Attorney General Martha Coakley to Kickoff Food Drive Competition in the Legal Community to Benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank

BOSTON - With the dependence on food assistance at a historic high, Attorney General Martha Coakley will kick off the 1 st Annual "Legal Food Frenzy" at The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) tomorrow. The "Legal Food Frenzy" is a benevolent competition within the legal community organized by the Attorney General's Office in partnership with numerous local bar associations. Law firms and law schools will compete to see who can collect the most food for the GBFB, with a goal of collecting 500,000 pounds of food. The winner will be awarded with the "Legal Food Frenzy Cup."

WHO:
Attorney General Martha Coakley
Catherine D'Amato, President and CEO, The Greater Boston Food Bank
April English and Greg Dekermenjian, Attorney General's Office Diversity Committee Co-Chairs

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 23, 2009 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:
The Greater Boston Food Bank
70 South Bay Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

"Unfortunately there are far too many families in Massachusetts who don't know how they are going to put their next meal on the table, or must choose whether they will pay for groceries or rent," said Attorney General Coakley. "The Legal Food Frenzy is an opportunity for those of us in the legal community to come together to support such an important cause. I am thrilled with the enthusiastic response we have gotten from so many law firms and law schools, and I'm confident that we can reach our goal of collecting a half a million pounds of food."

"Half a million pounds is an ambitious goal, but the need for that food in the Commonwealth has never been stronger," said Catherine D'Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank. "Our recent Hunger Study numbers show we are serving 23 percent more people than we were just four years ago. So if the Legal Food Frenzy participants were to meet their goal, they would provide enough food for 384,600 meals."

The Attorney General's Office has recruited over 30 law firms and law schools to participate in this event, and the participants will collect food items and donations during the campaign period, March 1 to March 12, 201-a traditionally slow time for food donation. The goal is to raise 500,000 pounds of food or the monetary equivalent. The law firm or law school that raises the most food and/or money per capita will be awarded a celebratory trophy, the Legal Food Frenzy Cup in recognition of the firm's commitment to fighting hunger.

All food and funds collected will go to the GBFB to benefit hungry families across the eastern part of the state. Many bar associations from across the Commonwealth have partnered with the Attorney General's Office to sponsor the Legal Food Frenzy including the: Asian American Lawyers Association of MA, Mass. Association of Hispanic Attorneys, Mass. Black Lawyers Association, Mass. Black Women Attorneys and the Mass. Lesbian and Gay Bar Association. For more information, please visit the Attorney General's Legal Food Frenzy site.

A recent Hunger Study released by the GBFB found that an estimated 571,600 low-income people are served annually by Massachusetts food banks, which marks a 23% increase since the 2006. 571,600 is roughly 9% of the state's population. Food banks in Massachusetts serve 101,400 weekly. For more details on the Hunger Study, visit the GBFB's website.

Founded in 1981, the GBFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and distributes over 31 million pounds of food per year to more than 600 hunger relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts.

The following law firms and law schools are participating in the Legal Food Frenzy:

Posternak, Blankstein & Lund

Keegan Werlin LLP

Bingham Mccutchen LLP

New England School of Law

Moriarty & Associates, P.C.

Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP

Berman, Devalerio, Pease, Tabacco, Burt and Pucillo

Ogletree Deakins

McDermott Will & Emery

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Boston University School of Law

Crowley and Cummings, PC

Deutsch William Brooks and DeRensis

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Suffolk University Law School

WilmerHale

Corwin & Corwin

Beveridge & Diamond

The McCormack Firm, LLC

Petrucelly, Nadler & Norris, P.C.

Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen

National Labor Relations Board

Northeastern University Law School

Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP

Harvard Law School

Pierce, Davis and Perritano, LLP

Foley Hoag

Ropes & Gray

Bowditch and Dewey

O'Connor, Carnathan, and Mack, LLC

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