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February 02, 2022
Cadwalader is one of nearly 20 law firms and corporate legal departments joining together once again in support of Justice Served, an annual campaign that supports Food Bank For New York City, the city’s largest hunger-relief organization. Since the inception of Justice Served in 2016, this initiative has provided more than 3.8 million meals for New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity.
The 2022 campaign launched on Feb. 1 and will run through Friday, March 11.
With the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic putting many New Yorkers out of work and rapidly increasing their need for assistance, the demand on the emergency food network has surged. Food Bank For New York City reports that the vast majority of soup kitchens and food pantries have been serving more New Yorkers during the pandemic than they were previously. Many agencies, including Food Bank, have seen their number of visitors double. Even before the on-set of COVID-19, the demand for life-sustaining food was already high – nearly 1.1 million New Yorkers were already food insecure, and that number has increased to 1.6 million.
“The need for hunger relief in New York City is greater than ever, driven in large part by the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19 for nearly two years now,” said Lary Stromfeld, a Cadwalader partner and founder of Justice Served. “But every year since we launched Justice Served, the legal community has stepped up and steadily increased year-over-year giving, making a dramatic difference in the lives of our neighbors throughout the city. New Yorkers are counting on all of us to deliver once again.”
Additional participants are always welcome, and interested law firms and law departments can sign up at www.foodbanknyc.org/events/justice-served/.
“We value the ongoing and successful partnership between Food Bank For New York City and our friends and supporters across many of New York City’s top law firms through the Justice Served campaign,” said Leslie Gordon, President & CEO of the Food Bank For New York City. “The need is there, greater than ever, and we sincerely appreciate the Justice Served campaign’s commitment to fighting hunger in our city.”
About Justice Served
Food Bank’s 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 #JusticeServed2022 on Twitter.
About Food Bank For New York City
Since 1983, 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 provided more than 80 million free meals last 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 nearly $36 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. You can also follow us on Facebook (FoodBank4NYC), Twitter (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (@FoodBank4NYC).