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5th Food Frenzy to begin April 4

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is traveling around the state drumming up support for the fifth annual Legal Food Frenzy, the competition among state law firms designed to fill the coffers of local food banks.

The contest will run this year from April 4 to April 15.

Last year’s effort produced 1.6 million pounds of food – enough for 900,000 meals.

Cuccinelli told those last week at a luncheon in Richmond at the Williams Mullen building that a million Virginians do not have a reliable supply of food. Other kickoff events were scheduled for Roanoke, Charlottesville, Arlington and Norfolk.

He urged those at the meeting “to leave here thinking recruitment” of their colleagues and other law firms. He noted that some law firms have strategic clients in the food industry. “That’s a good way to get a leg up on the competition,” he said.

The Legal Food Frenzy started as an effort by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and law firms in South Hampton Roads to fill in a traditionally slow period for donations to food banks.

Then-AG Bob McDonnell and the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association took the project statewide five years ago. His successors, William C. Mims and Cuccinelli, and the entire AG office have embraced the program enthusiastically.

The competition is for the Attorney General’s Cup, which is given to the law firm that raises the most food per employee. The Richmond firm of Schettine & Nguyen PLC has won the award the last three years in a row.

Awards also will be presented for the total amount of food raised and for the amount raised by firms based on the size of the firm.

Participants may contribute cash as well as food, with each dollar counting as four pounds of food.

McDonnnell’s continued support for the program is evident from the location of the award presentation this year – the Governor’s Mansion.

Additional information is available at www.legalfoodfrenzy.com.

-Alan Cooper

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