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Law firms and other legal organizations raised more than $190,000 in online donations for the Atlanta Community Food Bank over the two-week Georgia Legal Food Frenzy.

Final totals will be determined in the next few weeks, as donations of cans and other supplies are tallied. The online donations alone can feed more than 9,000 families of four people for a week. That figure is based on three meals per person per day, and the food bank’s ability to turn $1 into four meals.

The Frenzy organizers–Attorney General Chris Carr, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Food Bank Association–will count results from around the state and issue awards in a host of categories. The sixth annual event benefits Georgia’s eight regional food banks, which supply food for neighborhood agencies that serve people in need. Agency directors said many of their clients have full-time jobs but cannot make ends meet.

In the race for the top of online leaderboard among teams raising money for the Atlanta food bank, King & Spalding held off a late push by Alston & Bird to prevail. Led by a “denim day” employee campaign that raised $1,788, King & Spalding deposited $17,198 into the food bank’s coffers, nearly tripling its 2016 total.

Alston & Bird, which wasn’t on the Top 10 list last year, came in second with $11,619. Miles Mediation & Arbitration Services topped its $10,000 goal by $385 to come in third.

The other top teams, many exceeding their goals and 2016 performances, were:

  • Troutman Sanders, $8,995
  • Serta Simmons Bedding Legal Department, $8,895
  • Georgia Tech Office of Legal Affairs, $7,105
  • Taylor English, $6,249
  • Georgia Attorney General’s Office, $6,070
  • Jenkins & Roberts, $5,430
  • Kutak Rock, $4,875
  • Smith, Gambrell & Russell, $4,600
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, $4,530
  • DeKalb County Law Office of the Public Defender, $4,100
  • Hunton & Williams, $3,642
  • Jones Day, $3,484
  • The Cochran Firm-Atlanta, $3,450
  • Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, $3,394
  • Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, $3,375
  • Team Chick-fil-A, $3,340
  • Fisher & Phillips, $3,288

Chris Ferguson, the corporate relations manager for the Atlanta food bank, said the competitors set a new online fundraising record.

“We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from the legal community,” he said. “We look forward to meeting the firm champions this week as they drop off food and additional financial donations at the Atlanta Community Food Bank.”

Ferguson added “a special thanks to Attorney General Carr for his leadership.”