Community Corner: Capital Area Food Bank's Food From the Bar campaign

By Karen Kushner Creel, senior business development and marketing manager at Sidley Austin LLP, and executive committee member of the Food From the Bar campaign

This time each year, the Capital Area Food Bank gears up for its Food From the Bar campaign, which engages law firms, law schools, and other legal-related organizations in raising funds, donating food, and volunteering to help those in need in our community. This year, the Capital Food Bank needs your help even more than usual -- hunger has increased by 50 percent due to the pandemic!

I have had the privilege of working with this amazing organization and an esteemed group of people on the campaign’s executive committee since 2015 and feel fortunate to be able to share their good work with my LMA colleagues.

What is the FFTB campaign and how does it work?

Each year during the month of May, the D.C. legal community partners with the food bank to participate in this grassroots campaign to donate funds, food and/or volunteer hours. In 2020, nearly 40 legal firms helped raise more than $480,000 through FFTB, providing more than one million meals to children and families. Since 2008, the legal community has made five million meals possible for food insecure individuals and families.

During this one-month campaign, participating law firms, law schools, and related organizations earn points for fundraising, food donations, hosting events, and volunteering in a friendly competition that culminates in an awards ceremony in June. The campaign offers every individual in your firm or organization to give back to our community in a direct and meaningful way. And 100 percent of the food and funds collected during the campaign benefit the CAFB and its hunger relief programs.

Why the month of May?

During the school year, children in need receive free, healthy breakfasts and lunches at their schools. The need doesn’t go away during the summer months, but this service does. Raising funds during the month of May helps the food bank fill this gap over the summer.

How great is the need?

One out of 10 residents in the metropolitan Washington region is food insecure, and nearly one-third of them are children. Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a 50 percent increase in food insecurity in our region and a 60 percent increase among children. CAFB has distributed 52 million meals since March 2020.

How can you help?

If your firm is interested in making a real and impactful difference in the D.C. metropolitan community, please contact Megan Curran, events and campaigns specialist, at mcurran@capitalareafoodbank.org, to register or to learn more about this campaign and the critical services that the CAFB provides to those in need.

Community Corner is a feature in the LMA Mid-Atlantic Region's quarterly newsletter focusing on important initiatives within our LMA community. Please email lma.midatlantic.diversity@gmail.com with suggestions for projects to be featured in future editions.

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