HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Attorneys in north Alabama found a new way to help the communities they serve: through fighting hunger.
“This is really an extension of us serving our clients; some of whom have a lot of wealth and some who don’t,” Attorney Rich Raleigh, Jr. of Wilmer & Lee, P.A. said. “Lawyers provide service for indigent defense clients, both civil and criminal, there’s court appointed work, but we also engage in pro bono work in the civil side.”
Through a new effort called the Alabama Food Frenzy, the Alabama State Bar Association, the Attorney General’s Office and the Alabama Food Bank Association is joining together to raise foods and funds. They’re collecting now to compete against each other from April 25 – May 6.
“The Alabama state motto is, ‘Lawyers Render Service.’ So, really, this is an extension of lawyers serving their communities throughout the state,” Raleigh said.
Food Bank of North Alabama’s Executive Director Kathryn Strickland said these donations directly impact the one in four children who don’t have enough food in their homes. That problem continues growing after classes adjourn for summer break.
“So, we’re trying to replenish food banks in the spring so they can have the food in the summer months,” Strickland said.
If you’re a lawyer who wants to get involved in the food frenzy, just visit the website, allegalfoodfrenzy.org/ , for more information. Of course, lawyers aren’t the only ones who can stock the food bank’s shelves. Everyone is invited and encouraged to help with the effort.