2017 Legal Food Frenzy
Big firms and big donations dominate the discussion during the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, the two-week event in which law firms and other organizations compete to raise the most for the state's food banks. But when the donations are tallied, small firms do particularly well, especially because the top award is measured by pounds donated per employee.
So it was in 2017 that Jenkins & Roberts, a four-person business law and general shop in College Park, took home the Attorney General's Cup after donating the equivalent of 7,605 pounds of food per employee.
Firm principal William Jenkins said he and his colleagues were inspired to participate when they learned about the need, especially during summer months, when children lose access to food assistance at school. "No child should ever be hungry because food is not available to him or her," he said.
As for how the firm raised the funds, Jenkins said, "We did a lot of good old-fashioned begging," especially on social media.
The win by Jenkins & Roberts ended a three-year winning streak by lawyer Joe S. Habachy.
Attorney General Chris Carr on Wednesday announced that overall in this 6th annual Food Frenzy, 215 law firms and legal organizations across Georgia raised a record-breaking 1.34 million pounds of food. Last year's total was 1.23 million pounds.
For the first time, a second grand prize, the Bar President's Award, was awarded to the firm that tabulated the most total pounds overall in the competition. That winner was Coleman Talley of Valdosta, with a record 141,000 pounds of food.
Food banks say they can stretch $1 into about four pounds of food .
The firm has 57 lawyers and staff, said partner Bill Holland, who has been on the local food bank's board for more than 20 years. "The partners and employees of Coleman Talley have all personally contributed to the Food Frenzy each year," he said. "In addition, we call upon our friends, clients and business associates to participate. We have never been disappointed with the level of support from our attorneys, staff and friends."
Carr said, "We are extremely proud to work alongside our partners at the Georgia Food Bank Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia on this campaign, and I want to thank the Georgia legal community for demonstrating, once again, their passion and dedication in this most worthy effort."
The winners is each category were:
Sole Proprietor (1-2 employees): Attorney Justin Oliverio LLC, 6,366 pounds per person, 12,733 total pounds.
Small Firm (3-20 employees): Durham Law Firm, 4,033 pounds per person, 20,166 total pounds.
Medium Firm (21-100 employees): Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker, 1,444 pounds per person; Hull Barrett, 50,976 total pounds.
Large Firm (100+ employees), Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, 324 pounds per person; King & Spalding, 87,278 total pounds.
Corporate, in-house counsel: Serta Simmons Bedding, 6,254 pounds per person and 50,038 total pounds.
Legal Organizations: Georgia Tech Office of Legal Affairs, 2,766 pounds per person; Miles Mediation & Arbitration, 54,074 total pounds.