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[ATG] Attorney General selects Bloomington to kick off March Against Hunger food drive
Start Date: 2/20/2012
End Date: 2/20/2012
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is teaming with Hoosier Hills Food Bank today to launch the fourth annual statewide March Against Hunger food drive competition.

Bloomington’s bank is one of 11 regional food banks in Indiana that partner with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry or FIsH – an organization which helps link Indiana’s resources to feed those in need. For the fourth consecutive year, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office has joined FIsH and the Indiana State Bar Association to help challenge law firms to donate goods and raise money for these banks.

"Food banks across the state have been struggling to keep up with the needs of the hungry that have increased due to the long recession," Zoeller said. "For the fourth year, I am calling upon the members of my profession to step up and do what attorneys do best – serve the interests of others. This is no time to get weary and let up so I'm doubling our efforts to include a four week push for donations instead of two, as in years past. I've been very proud of the support by the many members of the Indiana State Bar Association and I hope for even more contributions this year to meet the greater need." 

Hoosier Hills Food Bank Director Julio Alonso said the bank provides more than 3 million pounds of food annually to nearly 100 other non-profits serving people with low incomes and personal challenges, children and seniors. The nonprofit distributes food in Brown, Crawford, Lawrence, Orange, Owen, Martin, Monroe and Washington counties.

“When a state official like Attorney General Zoeller steps up to call attention to the problem of hunger it has an impact greater than just the food raised in this particular food drive,” Alonso said. “In addition to bringing in resources and engaging the legal community, the attorney general is increasing awareness of hunger and efforts to reduce it.  Our food distribution has doubled in five years and we appreciate his efforts to help us keep pace with the growing need.”

In 2011, 50 law firms in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio participated in the March Against Hunger and donated more than 6,000 pounds of food and raised $27,574 - which combined is the equivalent of 143,986 pounds or 72 tons of assistance.

“The food provided through drives like March Against Hunger and other sources help our food banks serve Hoosier families, many of whom are visiting pantries more and more as a supplemental source for monthly food shortfalls,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of FIsH. “We are grateful for the ongoing support and dedication of Attorney General Zoeller and attorneys across the state.”

This year the “Attorney General’s Cup” will be presented to the firm in each of the four categories that collects the most donations. The categories include:

  •  Large firm (50+ persons)
  •  Medium firm (10-49 persons)
  •  Small and solo practitioner (1-9 person/s)
  •  Public/Nonprofit

To sign up to participate in this year's statewide competition visit www.in.gov/attorneygeneral and click on the “March Against Hunger” billboard or contact the Attorney General’s Office at 317.234.6668. Totals and winners will be announced shortly after the deadline to donate which is March 31.

Those not employed by a law firm can contribute nonperishable foods at a participating firm listed at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral or a FIsH food bank listed at www.feedingindianashungry.org.

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Location Information:
Monroe County
Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: Erin.Reece@atg.in.gov
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