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March Against Hunger begins in Fort Wayne

Statement as issued by the office of the state attorney general:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller launched the fifth annual statewide March Against Hunger food drive competition today in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne’s bank is one of 11 regional food banks in Indiana that partner with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry or FIsH – an organization which helps link Indiana’s resources to feed those in need. For the fifth consecutive year, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office has joined FIsH and the Indiana State Bar Association to help challenge law firms to donate goods and raise money for these banks.

“March Against Hunger is an opportunity to spread awareness about a growing problem and spotlight attorneys who go above and beyond to help their clients and their communities,” Zoeller said. “Hunger is preventable and that’s why we are calling on those in the profession to lend their support.”

Director of Community Harvest Food Bank Jane Avery said in an average week, the bank distributes more than 170,000 pounds of food throughout a nine county service area – that’s enough to feed 21,100 people with six meals.

“On behalf of Community Harvest Food Bank and those we serve, member agencies and clients alike, I want to express our gratitude to Attorney General Zoeller for once again supporting our mission of hunger relief by sponsoring the March Against Hunger,” Avery said. “We are honored by his leadership in this effort by his words and his actions which communicate to his colleagues in the legal profession that our combined efforts have a meaningful impact on hunger relief efforts.”

“We are again thankful for Attorney General Zoeller’s commitment to helping Hoosiers in need, and Hoosier attorneys for rising to the challenge,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of FIsH. “One in six Hoosiers is at risk of hunger, and for children just one in four. We’ve not seen a decrease in demand and appreciate the support of the March Against Hunger drive to bring more meals to our member food banks to distribute across all 92 counties.”

To sign up to participate in this year’s statewide competition visit www.marchagainsthunger.org or www.in.gov/attorneygeneral. Totals and winners will be announced shortly after the deadline to donate which is March 31.

In 2012, 51 law firms participated in the March Against Hunger and donated more than 11,400 pounds of food and raised $51,822. Since 2009, food drive participants have donated more than 34,100 pounds of food and raised $127,167 total.

This year the “Attorney General’s Cup” will be presented to the firm in each of the six categories that collects the most donations:

• Sole Proprietor

• Small firm (2-11 persons)

• Medium firm (12-21 persons)

• Large firm (22-49 persons)

• X-Large firm (50+ persons)

• Public/non-profit firm

“As a fellow lawyer, I can’t say enough about Attorney General Zoeller’s commitment to serving Hoosiers in need,” said ISBA President Daniel B. Vinovich. “It is opportunities like this annual food drive that allow us to serve beyond our clients and I am so proud of the overwhelming contributions that pour in each year.”

Those not employed by a law firm can contribute nonperishable foods at a participating firm listed at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral or a FIsH food bank listed at www.feedingindianashungry.org.

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