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March Against Hunger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               
May 17, 2011               
                       

Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s March Against Hunger challenge
raises 140,000 pounds of food for hungry Hoosiers
Fifty law firms competed to raise food and money benefiting Indiana’s food banks

Alan Levin - Managing Partner, Barnes & Thornburg,
Carrie, Attorney General Greg Zoeller,
Robert Grand - Managing Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Attorney General Greg Zoeller today visited the office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP to announce the results of the third annual March Against Hunger food drive competition pitting lawyer against lawyer to raise money for Indiana’s foodbanks. Zoeller also presented the Attorney General’s Cup, with his congratulations, to the attorneys and staff of the firm for raising the most in food and monetary donations of any agency of its size in the state in the Large Firm category - the third straight year Barnes & Thornburg has won in this division.

“Food pantries across the state have been struggling to keep up with the demand brought on by the long recession which has affected many Hoosiers,” Zoeller said. “You can always count on attorneys to lead in serving their communities and their competitive spirit makes them strive to be the best. I want to thank all the staff at the U.S Trustee’s Region 10 office who participated in the food drive for their generosity. Their donations will help regional foodbanks keep the local pantries stocked and allow Hoosier families to keep food on the table.”

For the third consecutive year, Zoeller partnered with the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) and Feeding Indiana's Hungry (FIsH) to call on law firms and lawyers to raise money and food donations benefitting 11 regional food banks. With support and encouragement from the ISBA, 50 law firms in Indiana and Kentucky participated in the March Against Hunger and raised more than 6,000 pounds of food and $27,574, which combined is the equivalent of 143,986 pounds (or 72 tons) of assistance.

"Among all the things we can do for our fellow Hoosiers, nothing compares with helping to put food on the table for those in need," said ISBA President Jeffry A. Lind. "I am so glad that Indiana's legal community has stepped up once again and donated so many tons of food and I'm particularly proud of everyone at the Department of Justice/U.S. Trustee’s Region 10 office for going above and beyond with their donations and fundraising efforts."

Firms competed in four divisions for the Attorney General’s cup: large law firms of 50 attorneys or more, medium-sized firms of 10 to 49 attorneys, small and sole practitioners of one to nine attorneys, and public and nonprofit attorneys. Winners of the divisions are:

Large firm: Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Indianapolis raised $8,395 and 1,031 pounds of food

Medium-sized firm: Fleschner Stark Tanoos & Newlin in Terre Haute raised $3,126 and 310 pounds of food

Small firm: Tuesley Hall Konopa in South Bend raised $1,331 and 29 pounds of food.

Public/Nonprofit firms: Department of Justice/Office of the US Trustee, Region 10 in Indianapolis raised $1,193 and 67 pounds of food

"Barnes & Thornburg cares deeply about the communities in which our attorneys and staff work and live," said Alan A. Levin, Barnes & Thornburg's firm-wide managing partner. "The opportunity to be honored for a third year in a row as the top donor to the March Against Hunger is only surpassed by our satisfaction that so many people will benefit from the outpouring of support from all past and future participants."

In central and southeastern Indiana, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana serves a 21-county area including Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks and Boone counties.

“We are so grateful to the Attorney General and the Indiana Bar Association for their support of hungry Hoosiers,” said Cindy Hubert, President and CEO of Gleaners. “The generosity of so many attorneys and law offices has made this year’s March Against Hunger food drive another resounding success. The food and money that has been raised will ensure that those most in need will be served.”
During the March Against Hunger drive that lasted from March 14 to 31, lawyers and law firms statewide competed to raise the largest amounts in donations, both monetarily and in quantities of nonperishable goods. Zoeller and representatives with FIsH and ISBA visited food banks across the state to raise public awareness of the need.
In 2009, 45 participating law offices across Indiana raised the equivalent of more than 77 tons of food. In 2010, 31 offices participated raising more than 50 tons of food. Zoeller thanked all of the law firms and attorneys that participated in the competition and is looking forward to March Against Hunger 2012. “Unfortunately hunger is a persistent problem and one that will not disappear overnight. As long as there is a need, I will continue this competition among my legal colleagues.”

FIsH is a public-private partnership linking hunger service providers, food producers, and processors to more effectively identify and deliver services to the 11 regional food banks around the state. In a study conducted last year by FIsH, it was determined that more than 694,500 people, including 295,857 children, receive emergency food assistance each year through the 11 regional food banks. On a weekly basis, an estimated 117,900 Hoosiers receive emergency food assistance from a food pantry, soup kitchen or other agency, the study found.

Previous March Against Hunger challenge winners include:

 

 

Large firms


 (25 attorneys)

 

Small & Sole Practitioners


(1-25 attorneys)

Public & Non-profit attorneys

2009

Barnes & Thornburg - Statewide

Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders - Evansville

Philip H. Siegel - Evansville

2010

Barnes & Thornburg - Statewide

Rubin & Levin, P.C. - Indianapolis

Dept. of Justice/Office of the U.S. Trustee, Region 10- Indianapolis


 

The 11 regional foodbanks that serve parts of Indiana and are members of FIsH are:

Muncie: Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana – serving Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay,
Madison, Randolph and Wabash counties
Bloomington: Hoosier Hills Food Bank – serving Brown, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange and Owen counties
Evansville: Tri-State Food Bank – serving Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties
Fort Wayne: Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana – serving Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley counties
Gary: Food Bank of Northwest Indiana – serving Lake and Porter Counties
Indianapolis: Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.  – serving Bartholomew, Boone, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Putnam, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Union and Wayne counties
Lafayette: Food Finders Food Bank – serving Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Fulton, Howard, Jasper, Miami, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren and White counties
South Bend: Food Bank of Northern Indiana – serving Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph counties
Terre Haute: Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food Bank – serving Clay, Greene, Knox, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties
Fairfield, Ohio: Shared Harvest Food Bank – serving Franklin County in Indiana
Cincinnati, Ohio: Free Store Food Bank, Inc. – serving four Indiana counties Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio and Switzerland
Louisville, Ky.: Dare to Care Food Bank – serving five Indiana counties: Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison and Washington
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Media Contact:
Molly Butters
Office of the Indiana Attorney General
317.232.0168 (office)
408.368.7138 (cell)
Molly.Butters@atg.in.gov