Virginia Legal Community Raises 1.2 Million Lbs. of Food for Needy

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General
Media Release:

RICHMOND(May 12, 2017) - Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that 142 law firms, legal departments, government offices, and law schools across the Commonwealth joined together to raise the equivalent of more than 1.2 million pounds of food for Virginia's hungry during the 11th Annual Legal Food Frenzy. This year's contributions bring the total raised during the annual drive to more than 15.6 million pounds over its eleven year campaign.

"I'm so proud of the work the legal community has done over the past eleven years to meet a critical need in so many of our communities across the Commonwealth," said Attorney General Herring. "It's an honor to partner with the legal community and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks every year for this wonderful project."

The Legal Food Frenzy, an annual collaboration between the Attorney General's office, the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, pits Virginia law firms and legal departments against each other in a friendly competition to see who could raise the most food for food banks in their local communities.

This year, the firm of B. Cullen Gibson from Norfolk took overall first place for the eighth consecutive year by raising a whopping 60,110 pounds per person, and as a result, won the coveted Attorney General's Cup. Attorney General Herring notified the firm of its victory with a phone call to congratulate them on their continued commitment to the drive. The Office of the Attorney General retained its "Urbanna Oyster Award" as the top contributor in the government and public sector category.

"The legal community has once again provided food banks across the Commonwealth of Virginia food and funds at a very critical time. Our heartfelt thanks to their incredible efforts and partnerships that continue to provide hope to so many in need," said Leslie Van Horn, Executive Director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, a partner state association of Feeding America. Last year, Federation members distributed almost 146 million pounds of food and grocery products to nearly 1.2 million individuals in need of emergency food assistance.

In addition to thanking the food drive coordinators and representatives across the state, Attorney General Herring offers a special thanks to Leslie Van Horn and the Virginia Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Division co-chairs Chris Gill from Christian & Barton, Derek Swanson, Alexandria Cuff and Lauren Scott from McGuireWoods, Lauren Wheeling Waller from Williams Mullen, Stacey Forbes from Reed Smith, and Will Prince from Thompson McMullan for organizing the campaign.

Note: Pounds of food listed above and below are counted by both food and cash donations. Cash donations are converted using the formula of $1 = 4 pounds of food.

The winners of the 11th Annual Statewide "Legal Food Frenzy" Categories:

  • Attorney General's Cup Winner: Per Capita: 
    • B. Cullen Gibson (Norfolk) - 60,110 pounds per person
  • Small (3-20) Law Firm: Total Pounds: "The Brunswick Stew Award" 
    • Murphy & McGonigle P.C. (Richmond) - 37,386 pounds
  • Small (3-20) Law Firm: Per Capita: "The Shenandoah Apple Award" 
    • Roussos, Glanzer & Barnhart P.L.C. (Norfolk) - 3,604 pounds per person
  • Medium (21-100) Law Firm Total Pounds: "The James River Shad Award"
    • McCandlish Holton Morris (Richmond) - 58,873 pounds
  • Medium (21-100) Law Firm Per Capita: "The Hanover Tomato Award"
    • Lenhart Pettit (Charlottesville/Harrisonburg)  - 754 pounds per person
  • Large (101 and up) Law Firm Total Pounds: "The Smithfield Ham Award"
    • McGuireWoods LLP (all locations) - 115,274 pounds
  • Large (101 and up) Law Firm Per Capita: "The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Award"
    • Willcox & Savage P.C. (Norfolk) - 354 pounds per person
  • Sole Proprietor (1-2) Law Firm Total Pounds: "The Virginia Peanut Award"
    • B.S. Johnson Law PLLC (Richmond) - 1,456 pounds
  • Law School Winner of Attorney General's Cup
    • Regent University School of Law (Virginia Beach)  - 28,077 pounds
  • Government and Public Service Total Pounds:  "The Urbanna Oyster Award"
    • Office of the Attorney General (Richmond) - 53,100 pounds
  • Government and Public Service Per Capita:  "The Old Dominion Soybean Award"
    • Prince William County Attorney's Office - 1,587 pounds per person
  • Legal Department Per Capita: "The Virginia Strawberry Award"
    • Norfolk Southern Corporation Legal Department (Norfolk) - 1,206 pounds per person