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March 22, 2016
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, is pleased to partner with Food Bank For New York City, the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs, to launch the “Justice Served” campaign. “Justice Served” is a six-week, citywide challenge to the legal community to help families in need throughout the year. This new annual initiative, which runs from March 21 through April 30, challenges law firms, legal departments and other members of the legal community to compete in donating funds and engaging in volunteer opportunities to help close the meal gap in New York City.
The goal for the inaugural year of “Justice Served” is to fund 1.5 million meals. One hundred percent of the funds collected will benefit Food Bank For New York City which provides 64 million free meals annually to New Yorkers in need. Further, donors will have the option to donate to provide Kosher-for-Passover meals to help the more than 500,000 poor Jewish families to uphold their traditions with dignity.
At the end of the “Justice Served” campaign, firms will receive awards based on levels of fundraising, volunteerism, and overall contribution. Winners will be announced in the New York Law Journal, the media sponsor for Justice Served. All participants will be invited to attend a closing reception at Cadwalader in May.
“Lawyers are competitive by nature, and we hope to channel that spirit into this campaign,” said Lary Stromfeld, a partner in Cadwalader’s Financial Services practice and “Justice Served” Campaign Chair. “New York City has a meal gap of 241 million meals – that is, New York City residents who experience hunger fall short of an adequate diet by 241 million meals in a single year. We are so grateful for the work of Food Bank For New York City and the role Cadwalader gets to play in reducing hunger.”
He continued, “A holiday like Passover, during which observant individuals and families must stock their kitchens entirely with Kosher food, can create an overwhelming expenditure for people quietly grappling with poverty. It is our hope that we can alleviate some of those expenses and bring more families to the table.”
Food Bank For New York City provides food and services for 1.5 million New Yorkers, including children, seniors, single mothers, and the working poor. As the only hunger-relief organization that takes a multi-pronged, integrated approach to ending food poverty Food Bank For New York City is there with a solution. They work through a citywide network of 1,000 soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers, classrooms, after-school programs and more to serve New York City’s most vulnerable populations. One in every five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food, resources, and nutrition education to help them lead and sustain healthy lifestyles.