Law students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteer at Legal Feeding Frenzy kickoff on Thursday, March 6, in Winston-Salem

Wake Forest Law students, faculty, staff and alumni will volunteer at the kickoff of the 2014 North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy on Thursday, March 6, at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C., 3655 Reed St., Winston-Salem.

Sponsored by The Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association, in conjunction with the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks, the Feeding Frenzy 1 p.m. kickoff ceremony will be preceded by a volunteer event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the food bank involving members of the Forsyth County Bar Association and representatives of the Wake Forest University School of Law. The volunteers will be fulfilling orders for the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper is serving as honorary chair of the event for the second year and will be on hand for the kickoff event. Cooper will also present the awards, including the Attorney General’s Cup to the overall champion, at the awards ceremony.

“Too many people in our state don’t get enough to eat on a regular basis,” Cooper said. “Let’s harness the competitive spirit that makes lawyers such great advocates in court and use it to fight hunger in North Carolina. I want to encourage all North Carolina law firms and attorneys to join the Feeding Frenzy and support their local food banks.”

The competition between North Carolina law firms, law schools and other organizations will collect food and funds for food banks across North Carolina. Competition is divided into categories of Sole Practitioner (1-10 employees), Small Firm 11-50 employees), Medium Firm (51-100 employees), Large Firm (more than 100 employees) and Law School.

The overall champion and recipient of the Attorney General’s Cup, and the recipient in each category, is the team that raises the most food and money per employee. There will also be an award for the team that raises the most food and money overall, regardless of the number of team members.

“Hunger is more prevalent than many realize,” said Cabell Clay, chair of the YLD Legal Feeding Frenzy Committee, “so any opportunity to educate others on the cause while also helping to eradicate the issue, should be embraced. I am excited about the impact the 2014 Legal Feeding Frenzy will have.”

A goal of 250,000 pounds of food has been established for this year’s event, March 10-28, with the awards ceremony scheduled April 22 at the N.C. Bar Center in Cary.

“Many families in North Carolina continue to struggle to put enough food on the table each month,” said Alan Briggs, executive director of N.C. Association of Feeding America Food Banks said. “Sadly, the effects are harshest on our children.”

“North Carolina continues to have one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country, and worse still, ranks at the top of states with the highest percentage of children lacking sufficient food; nearly 27 percent of our children under age five,” added Briggs.

There are more than 45 schools ready to compete in the following weeks including Wake, Campbell, Elon and the University of North Carolina. Last year, more 180,000 pounds of food was collected statewide.

You can follow the progress of the event by following the Twitter hashtag #LFF14.

For more information, contact Wake Forest Law student Caleb Holloway at hollcj13@wfu.edu or visit http://ncfoodbanks.org/legalfeedingfrenzy/.

Wake Forest Law Feeding Frenzy

Wake Forest Law Feeding Frenzy