Attorneys and staff at BBGA once again participated in the Legal Food Frenzy, which is a two-week food and fund drive competition held in partnership with the Georgia Attorney General, the State Bar and Young Lawyers Division, and the Georgia Food Bank Association.
BBGA was the regional total points winner in this year’s competition for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. BBGA raised $3,710.75, which is the equivalent of 14,843 meals, for people in the Athens community.
In addition to this year’s Legal Food Frenzy and in an effort to help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, attorneys and staff at BBGA also collected and donated an additional $5,155 through online and in-person donations for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. The firm presented a check to the Food Bank on April 24.
“This is my sixth year participating in the Legal Food Frenzy and my fifth year organizing it within the firm,” said BBGA attorney Kirsten Pickering Charles. “Every year at the end of the competition I think ‘Wow! There’s no way we will beat that next year,’ and then somehow we always do. This year was especially interesting given the current situation, but it was also more important than ever because more families are in need,” she said. “I knew the members of this firm would step up, but I had no idea how much. I was completely blown away by everyone’s generosity.”
During the 2020 competition, 222 law firms, legal organizations, in-house counsel and courts across the state raised a record-breaking $852,090. This is equivalent to 3.3 million meals for Georgia’s regional food banks.
For every $1 donated to the Food Bank, it can distribute $8 worth of groceries to help feed the hungry. The Northeast Georgia Food Bank distributes more than 11 million pounds of food to a 14-county service area through more than 225 partner organizations each year.
Georgia lawyers have raised over 2.3 million dollars, the equivalent of more than 9.6 million meals, since the start of the Legal Food Frenzy.