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May 10, 2013

Law firm recognized for March Against Hunger effort

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has recognized a local law firm — Wilkinson Goeller Modesitt Wilkinson & Drummy LLP — for its contributions to the fifth annual March Against Hunger food drive.

The firm on Thursday accepted a trophy, known as the Attorney General’s Cup,  for law offices of 12 to 21 persons.

The firm donated $2,510 to the Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food Bank. In total, the March Against Hunger food drive generated $55,455 and 10,065 pounds of food for local food banks.

“All food drive participants deserve recognition for their efforts to serve their local communities by selflessly giving their time and money to a worthy cause,” Zoeller said. “Too many Hoosiers, including children, face hunger on daily basis, and it’s heart-warming to see the members of my profession step up in such a big way.”

The food drive competition was among 44 participating law groups from Indiana and Kentucky. To help coordinate the donations, Zoeller teamed up with the Indiana State Bar Association and the nonprofit group, Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, which is the umbrella organization for 11 regional food banks.

The 11 regional food banks that serve Indiana and are members of FIsH include: Terre Haute Catholic Charities Food Bank, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana Inc., Food Finders Food Banks, Gleaners Food Bank, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, Food Bank of Northern Indiana and Tri-State Food Bank Inc. Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati and Dare to Care Food Bank of Louisville also participated and serve some Indiana counties.

Zoeller said this year’s monetary and food donations combined is the equivalent to 143 tons of food.

“We are grateful for the participation and generosity of so many Hoosier lawyers, as well as for the leadership of our state’s attorney general to raise awareness of hunger,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, FIsH executive director. “One in six Hoosiers is at risk of hunger, and for Hoosier children just one in four. The pounds contributed through the food drive this year will provide the equivalent of nearly 240,000 meals to Hoosiers in need, with nearly 1 million pounds donated since the program was created in 2009.”

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