Law firms and corporate legal departments are once again taking the lead in support of Justice Served, an annual campaign aimed at ending hunger in the city. The program supports Food Bank For New York City, the city’s major hunger-relief organization. In 2017, Justice Served provided more than 500,000 meals for New Yorkers in need, topping the 300,000 meals raised in the inaugural 2016 campaign.
“The New York legal community’s efforts have been tremendous,” said Lary Stromfeld, a Cadwalader partner and founder of Justice Served. “I am humbled by the enthusiasm and generosity of everyone involved with this initiative. We’re really making a difference in people’s lives.”
The Justice Served 2018 campaign, which runs from February 5 through March 16, is currently open to new sponsors and contributors. For more information about donations and volunteer opportunities, visit www.foodbanknyc.org/events/justice-served/.
Several law firms have already committed their support, including Alston & Bird, Cadwalader, Carter Ledyard & Milburn, Dentons US, Jones Day, Kramer Levin, McLaughlin & Stern, O’Melveny, Paul Weiss, Ropes & Gray, Sidley Austin, Skadden, Weil Gotshal and White & Case. Sponsors also include the law departments of Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo.
“One in five New Yorkers depend on Food Bank in their struggle to put food on the table,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “The legal community has truly embraced Justice Served, and it’s an excellent example of how we can come together to end hunger in our city. We thank all of the firms for their dedication.”
Food Bank For New York City provides approximately 62 million free meals annually to approximately 1.4 million New Yorkers through a network of 1,000 charities and schools in the city’s five boroughs. Adds Stromfeld, who is a member of Food Bank’s board, “Food Bank plays a crucial role in our city, and it seems to bring out the best in New Yorkers.”
About Justice Served
The Justice Served campaign encourages new sponsors and contributors to join the fight against hunger through donations, volunteers and raising awareness within the legal community. Food Bank will customize onsite awareness sessions and volunteer opportunities. One hundred percent of the funds collected will benefit Food Bank For New York City and its hunger-relief programs, which reach one in five New York City residents throughout the five boroughs. Additional information is available at http://www.foodbanknyc.org/events/justice-served. For news and updates on the campaign, search #JusticeServed2018 on Twitter.
About Food Bank For New York City
For 35 years, Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 61 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $110 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts. To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org. Follow us on Facebook (FoodBank4NYC), Twitter (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (FoodBank4NYC).
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