EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller recognized nine local law groups today for their outstanding contributions to the fifth annual March Against Hunger food drive.
The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office accepted a trophy, known as the “Attorney General’s Cup,” for winning the public/nonprofit division by donating $5,000 and 2,295 pounds of food. The trophy was presented and participants were recognized during a formal award ceremony today in Evansville.
"All food drive participants deserve recognition for their efforts to serve their local communities by selflessly giving their time and money to a worthy cause," Zoeller said. "Too many Hoosiers, including children, face hunger on daily basis and it’s heart-warming to see the members of my profession step up in such a big way.”
“The work that the Tri-State Food Bank does to help families in need is immeasurable and we wanted to be able to add to their efforts,” said Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann. “Our goal was to inspire other local agencies and law firms to strive to collect more in the years to come in order to beat us. It’s really just about raising as much money and food as we can to help those in need.”
The fifth annual food drive competition was between 44 participating law groups from Indiana and Kentucky. To help coordinate the donations, Zoeller teamed up with the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) and the nonprofit group, Feeding Indiana's Hungry (FIsH), which is the umbrella organization for 11 regional food banks.
Nine law groups in Evansville participated in the competition and donated about $8,035 and 3,024 pounds of food total to the Tri-State Food Bank:
-Bamberger Foreman Oswald and Hahn, LLP donated $755
-Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, LLP donated $1,000
-Rudolph, Fine, Porter & Johnson, LLP donated 10 pounds of food and $540
-Robert John & Associates, PC donated 274 pounds of food and $285
-Bowers Harrison, LLP donated 216 pounds of food and $170.10
-Philip H. Siegel donated 192 pounds of food and $100
-Kightlinger & Gray, LLP donated 37 pounds of food and $115
-Rhine Ernest, LLP donated $70
"As a fellow lawyer, I am particularly proud of the fact that lawyers from all corners of the state rose to the occasion to serve Hoosiers in need," said ISBA President Daniel B. Vinovich. “It’s opportunities like this annual food drive that allow us to serve beyond our clients."
In total, the March Against Hunger food drive generated $55,455 and 10,065 pounds of food for food banks statewide. Zoeller said this year’s monetary and food donations combined is the equivalent to 143 tons of food.
“We are grateful for the participation and generosity of so many Hoosier lawyers, as well as for the leadership of our state's attorney general to raise awareness of hunger,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, FIsH Executive Director. “One in six Hoosiers is at risk of hunger, and for Hoosier children just one in four. The pounds contributed through the food drive this year will provide the equivalent of nearly 240,000 meals to Hoosiers in need, with nearly 1 million pounds donated since the program was created in 2009.”
This year’s “Attorney General’s Cup” will be presented to the firm in each of the six categories that collected the most donations:
-Small firm (2-11 persons)
-Medium firm (12-21 persons)
-Large firm (22-49 persons)
-X-large firm (50+ persons)
The 11 regional food banks that serve Indiana and are members of FIsH include: Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana Inc., Food Finders Food Banks, Gleaners Food Bank, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, Food Bank of Northern Indiana, Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food Bank and Tri-State Food Bank Inc. Also, Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati and Dare to Care Food Bank of Louisville also participated and serve some Indiana counties.