Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced on May 7 that 183 law firms, legal departments, government offices, and law schools across Virginia joined together to raise almost 1.5 million pounds of food for Virginia’s hungry during a two-week drive in April. This year’s goal was to push the total amount of food raised over the seven years of the event to the equivalent of 10 million pounds of food. The results of the seventh annual Legal Food Frenzy announced today bring the cumulative seven-year total raised to the equivalent of more than 10 million pounds of food for Virginia’s food banks, surpassing this year’s goal. The total raised since inception is 10,017,511 pounds.
The Legal Food Frenzy – a statewide competition and collaboration between the attorney general’s office, the Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks – pitted Virginia law firms and legal departments against each other to see which could raise the most food for food banks in their local communities.
The attorney general sponsors the Legal Food Frenzy and hosts kick-off events around the commonwealth to encourage law firms to participate.
“It was an honor to once again partner with Virginia’s legal community to help make a healthier commonwealth for us all,” said Cuccinelli. “Virginia’s food banks supply food to charities every day to feed the hungry, especially children and the elderly. Many of the charities that food banks supply don’t just give food away. They try to help people learn new job skills, find jobs, and break the chains of poverty that hold them down.”
This year, for the third year in a row, the firm of B. Cullen Gibson from Norfolk took overall first place again by raising 17,550 pounds per employee, and as a result, won the Attorney General’s Cup.
“We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to not only the great leadership from the attorney general and the Virginia Bar Association co-chairs, but to everyone who contributed food and funds to make this another successful Legal Food Frenzy year,” said Leslie Van Horn, executive director for the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, a partner state association of Feeding America, who helps the attorney general organize the campaign. “We continue to see staggering numbers of individuals in need of food assistance. This food and funding comes at an extremely critical time for all seven food banks throughout the state. I’d like to thank everyone who participated for making a difference in the lives of the people in your communities.”
The contest ran for two weeks in April and was open to all lawyers, their staffs, and members of the legal community across Virginia.
In addition to thanking the food drive coordinators and representatives across the state, the attorney general offers a special thanks to Leslie Van Horn and the Virginia Bar Association’s Food Frenzy co-chairs, Chris Gill of Christian & Barton; Derek Swanson of McGuire Woods, LLP; Virginia Robinson of DynCorp International, LLC; and Lauren Wheeling of Williams Mullen for organizing the campaign. The attorney general would also like to thank the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association for serving as the campaign model more than 22 years ago in the Hampton Roads area, and allowing the legal community to use their model throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Note: Pounds of food listed above and below are counted by both food and cash donations. Cash donations are converted to the number of pounds of food they will provide.
The winners of the 7th Annual Statewide “Legal Food Frenzy” Categories:
Attorney General’s Cup Winner: Per Capita
B. Cullen Gibson (Norfolk): 17,550 pounds per person
Small (1-20) Law Firm Total Pounds: “The Brunswick Stew Award”
Murphy & McGonigle, P.C. (Richmond): 30,036 pounds
Small (1-20) Law Firm Per Capita: “The Shenandoah Apple Award”
Amy G. Pesesky PLC (Norfolk): 3,125 pounds per person
Medium (21-100) Law Firm Total Pounds: “The James River Shad Award”
Christian & Barton LLP (Richmond): 65,743 pounds
Medium (21-100) Law Firm Per Capita: “The Hanover Tomato Award”
McKenry, Dancigers, Dawson & Lake P.C. (Virginia Beach): 1,371 pounds per person
Large (101 and up) Law Firm Total Pounds: “The Smithfield Ham Award”
McGuireWoods LLP (all locations): 161,413 pounds
Large (101 and up) Law Firm Per Capita: “The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Award”
Kaufman & Canoles (all locations): 496 pounds per person
Sole Proprietor (1-2) Law Firm Total Pounds: “The Virginia Peanut Award”
ReavesColey PLLC (Chesapeake): 3,569 pounds
Law School Winner of Attorney General’s Cup Total Pounds and Per Capita:
University of Richmond School of Law (Richmond): 18,199 pounds, 40 pounds per person
Government and Public Service Total Pounds: “The Urbanna Oyster Award”
Office of the Attorney General (Richmond): 96,680 pounds
Government and Public Service Per Capita “The Old Dominion Soybean Award”
Prince William County Attorney’s Office: 1,644 pounds per person
Legal Department Per Capita “The Virginia Strawberry Award”
Norfolk Southern Corporation Legal Department (Norfolk): 844 pounds per person
Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you to all the participants!