Beshear Kicks Off Competition to Reduce Child Hunger in Kentucky

At today’s Rally for Hunger awareness event held at the state capitol, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced the launch of the 2018 ‘Legal Food Frenzy’ competition.

The competition, now in its second year, is an opportunity for Kentucky’s legal community to come together outside the courtroom to raise funds and food to help feed Kentucky families in need. Registrationis now open for the 2018 campaign, which will run from March 15 – April 2, 2018.

“One in six adults and one and five children in Kentucky need our help because they lack consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Beshear. “Protecting Kentucky families is a top priority for my office and this competition is a great opportunity for Kentucky’s legal community to work together to make a positive difference in the lives of so many Kentucky families who are in need.”

The Legal Food Frenzy is a collaborative effort between the Office of Attorney General, the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Office of Secretary of State, to benefit the seven regional food bank members of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks.

The Kentucky Association of Food Banks uses the foods and funds generated from the competition to help food banks across Kentucky prepare for increased demand during the summer months when children do not have access to school meals.

Nearly one in four, or more than 200,000, Kentucky children do not have adequate access to wholesome meals. Beshear said only one in 13 school-aged children who receive free and reduced-priced lunch during the school year have access to such meals during the summer months when school is out.

Last year, Kentucky’s legal community raised more than 350,000 pounds of food through donations, allowing for over 219,000 meals for families and children across the state.

“The food bank association was thrilled by the equivalent of 175 tons of food raised for our struggling neighbors through last year’s inaugural Legal Food Frenzy,” said Tamara Sandberg, executive director, Kentucky Association of Food Banks. “It’s hard to imagine topping that achievement, but we are so pleased that Attorney General Beshear and the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division are committed to raising even more this year.”

The Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Chair for the 2018 competition, Eric Weihe said the division is excited to continue their partnership with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and the Office of the Attorney General in a statewide hunger relief effort.

“The Legal Food Frenzy campaign, with the support of attorneys across the Commonwealth, will help bring Kentucky one step closer to ensuring that all of its citizens have access to adequate food,” said Weihe. “I encourage Kentucky’s legal community to join the Young Lawyers Division in our efforts to raise the equivalent of 800,000 pounds of food during the competition to help end hunger in Kentucky.”

In 2017, total of 125 law firms and legal organizations representing more than 2,500 attorneys and staff competed for the grand prize – the Attorney General’s Cup. GE Appliances’ legal department won the grand prize by raising the equivalent of 33,379 pounds of food. For a complete list of last year’s winners visit, https://kyfoodfrenzy.com/awards/.

Visit, https://kyfoodfrenzy.com/ to learn more about the competition, including a complete list of competition rules, resources and sponsors.

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