Quarles & Brady LLP is participating in the District legal community’s annual fundraising campaign “Food from the Bar,” in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB).
The legal community has set the ambitious goal of raising $200,000 (the equivalent of 500,000 meals) to help the food bank reach those at risk of hunger in the Washington metro area. This year’s campaign—running through May 29—marks the seventh and largest effort to date, with dozens of local law firms, law schools, and other legal professionals competing to raise funds and food for the campaign, formerly known as DC Outlaw Hunger.
Since 2008, the local legal community has raised enough to support the equivalent of 1 million meals. For every $10 raised, the food bank can distribute 25 meals to neighbors in need. Ninety-two cents out of every dollar donated supports local hunger relief programs.
“Quarles & Brady is pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile initiative as ‘Food from the Bar,'” said Larry Cote, managing partner of Quarles & Brady’s Washington, D.C. office. “It’s more important than ever to ensure organizations like Capital Food Bank can meet the needs of metro area residents, especially during the summer months.”
Washington, D.C. has the second-highest child food insecurity rate in the nation, with 30 percent of children under the age of 18 living in food-insecure households—meaning they have limited or uncertain access to nutritionally adequate foods.
“When school ends, thousands of kids who rely on school lunch programs miss a critical source of nutrition,” said Nancy E. Roman, president and CEO of Capital Area Food Bank. “Our goal is to raise $200,000 to provide 500,000 meals to children, families, and seniors at risk of hunger in the metro area.”
Quarles & Brady’s participation in “Food from the Bar” is part of the firm’s Quarles Cares program, which supports charities and causes that are chosen by attorneys and staff who work in each respective office. The 2015 focus is on organizations that deal with education and hunger.