Infographic for Day To Serve: September 15 – 29, 2013

how-to-help-calderon3-2September 15 – 29th is a time to choose a Day to Serve. It is a regional and interdenominational collaboration between Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

In Virginia, Day To Serve features the Commonwealth’s 7 Feeding America food banks organized under the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. Explore Day to Serve with this new infographic, and then get involved by choosing a food bank where you can volunteer during this time period!

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2013 Legal Food Frenzy Meets Goal of 10 Million Pounds

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! 



LegalFoodFrenzy_2013_colorThe 7th Annual Legal Food Frenzy is officially  underway! Over the past 6 years this statewide food and fund drive has collected the equivalent of over 8.5 million pounds of food and grocery product. The goal this year it to take that cumulative number to 10 million!

The Legal Food Frenzy engages the legal community, including legal firms, law schools, and legal departments, in a friendly competition to raise food and funds for Virginia’s food banks. Winners in various categories are celebrated with an award as well as a reception with the Governor and Attorney General at the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

All food and funds collected go to support the seven Federation food banks throughout the state.

Attorney General Cuccinelli Kicks Off the 2013 Legal Food Frenzy

The 7th Annual Legal Food Frenzy season is upon us! With kick-off events happening all around the Commonwealth, the Virginia legal community is getting revved up to make this year the most successful food and fund drive yet. Our goal is to hit 10 million combined pounds this year, and we can do it!LegalFoodFrenzy_2013_color

Law firms, legal departments, law schools and individual lawyers collected food and funds for two weeks each to compete for a coveted Legal Food Frenzy award. Determined by per capital and total pounds raised, these awards celebrate contributions that often are the result of fun and exciting events hosted by the legal community. Wine tastings, indoor putt-putt, and jeans days are only a hint at the effort and enthusiasm the legal community puts into helping feed Virginians who struggle with food insecurity.

At a time when demand for food is high and supply is low, events such as the Legal Food Frenzy truly make a difference for Virginia’s food banks. The food and funds collected during these two weeks are immediately put to use by the seven Federation food banks and help keep shelves full during challenging times.Ken and Leslie at SEVA


Holiday Hoops Nets Federation almost $50,000 in Ticket Proceeds

The Federation is proud to announce that the Governor’s Inaugural Holiday Hoops which took place in December 2012 raised almost $50,000 for Virginia’s food banks! These funds, in addition to the funds and food collected across Virginia by participating colleges, is the equivalent of 214 tons of food and grocery products, or nearly 375,000 meals.

Speaking about the announcement today, Governor McDonnell remarked, “This impressive show of generosity from the university communities and individuals around Virginia will make a real difference for Virginia families. The Virginia Way is about uniting together to serve and lift up our communities. This food drive is another sterling example of that commitment and demonstrates the good will Virginians are known for. On the court, but especially off the court Virginians have a lot to be proud of; I commend all those who participated.”

Leslie Van Horn, Executive Director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, said, “At the onset we determined a goal of raising over 100,000 pounds of food. In the end we far surpassed that goal. The partnership with the Governor’s office and the participating universities has been a resounding success. As a result of this food drive, food banks in every corner of the state will receive an influx of much needed donations. I want to thank everyone involved for their contributions and efforts.”

Read the entire press release here.


Wawa Day at the Capitol Celebrates the Federation

Wawa Day Leslie GovIt was Wawa Day in Richmond, VA on February 7, 2013! Representatives from the popular chain of food service and gas stations set up tents outside of the State Capitol to serve congresspeople and staff. They also presented Leslie Van Horn and the Federation with a check for over $24,000, funds raised during the annual “Check Out Hunger” in-store fundraising campaign. These funds will be put to use by all seven Federation member food banks as they try to refill shelves emptied out during the busy holiday season.The Federation thanks Wawa for its continued support of Virginia’s struggling individuals and families!

See a slideshow of the event here.

Getting Reading for Day To Serve 2013!

Day to Serve 2012 was a fantastic success across several states! We are getting ready to embark upon this year’s event, and hope to increase the number of Virginia locations and events. Have a look at last year’s successes with this short video and stay tuned for updates on this year’s Day to Serve!

Holiday Hoops Coverage Features One-on-One with the Governor

Columnist Paul Woody goes one-one on and off the court with Gov. Bob McDonnell in this recent post by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Need to buy tickets? You can order them here or through university ticket offices.



Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic Benefits Virginia Food Banks and Will Be Broadcast Nationally

RICHMOND – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that college basketball fans nationwide will be able to watch the 2012 and 2013 “Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic.” NBC Sports Network will telecast the 2012 and 2013 doubleheader basketball games live from the Richmond Coliseum.  The “Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic” will benefit Virginia’s Food Banks and will take place in December 2012 and 2013 and feature in-state teams representing the ACC, CAA, MEAC and Atlantic 10. The inaugural Classic tips-off on December 22nd.

Governor McDonnell said, “I am thrilled to announce this partnership between NBC Sports Network and the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic. NBC Sports Network has a record of covering some of the most exciting events in the world, from the London Olympics to college football, and we look forward to their broadcasting the ‘Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic.’” Governor McDonnell continued, “The inaugural Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic will feature an exciting 3:00pm matchup between the University of Richmond and George Mason University and immediately following, Old Dominion University versus the University of Virginia. This doubleheader will feature some of the best teams in the Commonwealth bringing their rivalries to the hardwood, while raising food and funds for our incredible Food Banks at the same time. And now, through this partnership with NBC Sports, this great event will be available to audiences all across the country. I thank NBC Sports for joining with us to bring these games to a nationwide audience, and I look forward to a great day on December 22nd.”

“We’re excited to add the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic to our college basketball schedule, which is the most robust ever for the NBC Sports Network,” said Jon Miller, President Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “The exciting matchups in the Classic are consistent with the high level of college basketball programming our viewers will see all season long on the NBC Sports Network.”

NBC Sports Network, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in nearly 80 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France and the 34th America’s Cup, and beginning in 2013, the Premier League and Formula One. In addition, NBC Sports Network features college football, college basketball, college hockey, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown  and Breeders’ Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Action Sports Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas Tonight, NFL Turning Point, Caught Looking, NBC Sports Talk, Pro Football Talk and The Dan Patrick Show. NBC Sports Network is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.