Organizers of the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy are counting dollars, weighing food donations and assessing other factors to determine the winners of the statewide contest to help the hundreds of thousands of Georgians who don’t have enough to eat.
But this much is clear: The Atlanta legal community smashed the record set last year by raising $294,984 online for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Last year’s online total was $247,781.
More funds, from cash and checks and matching gifts, and canned goods are expected to come from the teams. The event is timed to restock food banks during the summer, when children who rely on breakfast and lunch programs at school cannot get them. Given that food banks can provide four meals for $1, the online total in Atlanta means the legal community raised enough to buy at least 1,179,936 meals.
“I feel very confident we will reach and exceed our bold goal of providing 1,200,000 meals to Atlanta families in need!” wrote Alfia Tarassenko, the Atlanta food bank’s manager of corporate relations to Food Frenzy team captains.
The Atlanta food bank estimates that there are 819,000 people in the 29-county area around Atlanta who are “food insecure,” meaning they don’t know when they’ll eat next. Donations can be made year-round at acfb.org.
Final results are expected to be announced later this month by Attorney General Chris Carr, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Food Banks Association.
Online totals for the teams raising money for the Atlanta food bank showed that Joe Habachy, last year’s overall champion, is in a strong position to repeat. And King & Spalding came in second place after a late flurry to edge out Troutman Sanders.
Here are the top 20 teams in online donations for Atlanta’s food bank:
- Joe S. Habachy PC (captain Joe Habachy), $26,840;
- King & Spalding (no captain listed), $19,271;
- Troutman Sanders (James Stevens), $18,655
- Georgia Institute of Technology Office of Legal Affairs (captains Susann D. Estroff and Kate Wasch), $13,060;
- Baker & Hostetler (Emily Spiller), $12,725;
- Alston & Bird (Cheryl Naja), $8,935;
- Squire Patton Boggs (Deborah Lempogo), $7,998;
- Serta Simmons (Lynn Carrico), $7,675;
Office of Attorney General (Katelyn Byrd), $7,607;
Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton (Karen Robinson-Salley and Jennifer Deal), $7,160;
Chick-fil-A, (Holly Buth), $7,000;
Taylor English Duma (Jonathan Boros), $6,091;
- Arnall Golden Gregory (Winifred Rice), $5,760;
- Lueder, Larkin & Hunter (Cynthia Hodge), $5,648;
- Fish & Richardson (Thad Kodish), $5,420;
- Hunton Andrews Kurth (Rie Steinbrenner), $4,390;
- Kutak Rock (Natoshia Coleman), $4,329;
- Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele (Leslie Neubauer), $4,190;
- Jenkins & Roberts (William Jenkins), $4,160;
- Buckley Beal (Nicholas Smith); $4,000.