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March Against Hunger Kicks Off 9th Year!

The Indiana State Bar is teaming up with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry for its ninth consecutive year to sponsor March Against Hunger, a food drive competition for lawyers to raise money for Indiana’s 11 regional food banks March 1-31. The competition is an opportunity for lawyers statewide to help put food on the tables of those struggling in our state. Since 2009, the March Against Hunger food drive has generated 70,019 pounds of food and $341,435.91 in monetary donations for Indiana food banks.

This year in order to make it easier for food drive participants to donate, the competition will be a virtual campaign. Through a virtual food drive, your donation doubles or even triples the impact of your generosity, and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry is assured it can distribute the most-needed items to food banks across the state. To clarify, this competition no longer includes the collection of non-perishable food donations.

The winner in each of the following categories will be presented with the coveted “Attorney General’s Cup” trophy:
Solo Proprietor (1 lawyer)
Small Firm (2-11 lawyers)
Medium Firm (12-21 lawyers)
Large Firm (22-49 lawyers)
X-Large Firm (50+ lawyers)
Public/Non-Profit/Local Bar/Law School

Firms can sign up anytime before the competition begins or during the collection period. Click to sign up here

IMPORTANT!
When you donate through Feeding Indiana’s Hungry online portal via the link below, please be sure to include your firm and city in the field that says, “Comment, In Memory, Tribute.”

 

March Against Hunger on Crowdrise

New Leaders Urged to Make Hunger a Priority

grview-55123-1While many of us attend holiday parties that center around food this time of the year, and maybe worry about eating too much – it can be easy to overlook the fact that people around us may not have enough to eat.

One in six Hoosiers doesn’t always know where their next meal will come from. According to Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, this is a year-round problem, but it’s at the forefront during the holidays.

“We see the holidays as an opportunity to start that conversation with the public and with newly-elected officials, to say, ‘Here’s what’s going on in our communities and here’s who’s in need, and there are people experiencing hunger, and that’s unacceptable,'” she said.

Bryant said everyone can help, either through food or cash donations or by volunteering at a local food pantry.

Now that the election is over, it’s time to let lawmakers know that hunger should be a top priority, she added.

“We’re asking our newly-elected officials, both in Washington, D.C., and in Indianapolis, who will be sworn in in the next few weeks to recommit to our state and to our country that nobody in our nation should go hungry,” she explained.

When it comes to food insecurity, the Food Research and Action Center ranks Indiana 23rd in the nation, with nearly 20 percent of households with children reporting they are unable to afford enough food.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service – IN

AG Zoeller calls on Indiana legal community to March Against Hunger

AG partners with ISBA and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry for 8th annual food drive

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is once again calling on the legal community to help feed Indiana’s hungry by participating in the annual March Against Hunger.

Julio Alonso of Hoosier Hills Food Bank and Attorney General Greg Zoeller kick off the March Against Hunger in Bloomington.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is teaming up with the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA)  and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry for the eighth consecutive year to sponsor the friendly food drive competition to raise both non-perishable food and monetary donations for Indiana’s 10 regional food banks. Thecompetition runs March 1-31.

“Lawyers are always called upon to help those in trouble or in need of legal services, and our March Against Hunger is a way for them to show how they serve the community in another visible, hands-on way,” Zoeller said. “I challenge law firms big and small to embrace this opportunity and take an active role in reducing food insecurity in our state.”

Zoeller visited Hoosier Hills Food Bank in Bloomington today to kick-off the month-long competition.

“Families and children in our neighborhoods face hunger every day and may not know how to get their next meal,” Hoosier Hills Executive Director Julio Alonso said. “The need continues to grow, which is why it is so critical to involve the community in this challenge to help struggling Hoosiers.”

Hoosier Hills member agencies serve an estimated 7,500 people each week and 25,800 individuals annually. They distribute food in several Indiana counties including Brown, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange and Owen counties.

Attorneys, law firms, local bar chapters and law schools statewide are all encouraged to join March Against Hunger and help put food on the tables of those struggling in Indiana.

“The March Against Hunger competition is the perfect opportunity to call on Indiana lawyers, who by their very nature want to serve, to help put food on the tables of those in need,” ISBA President Carol M. Adinamis said.

Since 2009, March Against Hunger has generated 62,459 pounds of food and $282,027.91 in monetary donations for Indiana food banks.

“We are grateful for Attorney General Zoeller and the Indiana State Bar Association’s ongoing commitment to helping the 1.1 million Hoosiers at risk of hunger,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, Executive Director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. “This competition is a great opportunity for attorneys to form lasting partnerships with regional food banks and pantries. Hunger touches every Hoosier county, year round. Volunteers and donors make a tremendous impact on the lives of our clients.”

The winner of March Against Hunger in each of the following categories will be presented with the coveted “Attorney General’s Cup” trophy:

  • Solo Proprietor (1 lawyer)
  • Small Firm (2-11 lawyers)
  • Medium Firm (12-21 lawyers)
  • Large Firm (22-49 lawyers)
  • X-Large Firm (50+ lawyers)
  • Public/Non-Profit/Local Bar
  • Law Schools

For law firms with multiple offices participating in the competition, the trophy will be presented to the office that collects the most in pounds per attorney (monetary donations + non-perishable food donations divided by the number of attorneys in the office). Every dollar raised will count as 5 pounds.

In addition to the “Attorney General’s Cup” trophy, the firm in each category that collects the most non-perishable food donations will receive a certificate.

Law firms can sign up to participate in March Against Hunger on the Indiana State Bar Association’s website here.

Press release from the Office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller

Be An Angel This Holiday: Donate Nutrient-Rich Milk For Hoosier Kids

The Great American Milk Drive makes it easy to deliver fresh milk to Indiana’s food banks to make the season brighter for families in need

For many of us, the holidays aren’t complete without milk and cookies or a cozy cup of hot cocoa. But families in need in your community may be missing out on milk and its nine essential nutrients this

Young cute boy holding his sippy cup

holiday season.

More than 48 million Americans – including 1.1 million Hoosiers – struggle with food insecurity. That’s why The Great American Milk Drive is helping to make the season brighter for families facing hunger with the gift of nutrient-rich milk. Milk isn’t just a drink—it’s a nutrient powerhouse providing 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein in each 8 ounce serving.

You can be an angel for a family in need in Indiana and help to deliver a gallon of milk, including its high-quality protein, when you support of The Great American Milk Drive this season. Visit Walmart this holiday season and purchase any 2 bags of M&M’s candies (9.4oz or larger) and up to a gallon of milk will be donated to The Great American Milk Drive.

“Walmart is dedicated to fighting to end hunger in our communities, and the holiday season is the perfect time for you to join the effort,” said Kevin Thompson. “When you pick items for your family at your local Walmart store, consider donating a gallon of milk to a local family in need, too.”

Food Banks Wishing For More Milk This Holiday Season

On average, food bank clients receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year, leaving many families with limited access to milk’s essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein.

The Great American Milk Drive is the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most. To date, more than 6.7 million servings of milk have been delivered as part of The Great American Milk Drive and Feeding America’s commitment to help families get much-desired nutrient-rich milk.

“Milk is the top food source of three of the nutrients most likely to be missing in the American diet – calcium, vitamin D and potassium,” said Deb Osza, General Manager of the American Dairy Association of Indiana.  “That’s why, during the holidays we are focused on making the season brighter for hungry families in our communities with the gift of nutrient-rich milk.”

Donations are also accepted at milklife.com/give, and for as little as $5 at milklife.com/give, you can be an angel for a family in need in your community by helping to deliver a gallon of milk to their table. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that the milk is delivered to a local Feeding America member food bank in your area.

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About Feeding America

Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 

About MilkPEP

The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation’s milk companies, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the Milk Life campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the powerful nutritional benefits of milk – with 9 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, in each 8 ounce glass. For more information, go to milklife.com. Campbell Ewald is creative agency for the Milk Life campaign – from America’s milk companies.

About National Dairy Council

National Dairy Council (NDC), the non-profit organization funded by the national dairy checkoff program, is committed to nutrition education and research-based communications. NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC comprises a staff of registered dietitians and nutrition research and communications experts across the country. NDC has taken a leadership role in promoting child health and wellness through programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60. Developed by NDC and the National Football League (NFL), Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. For more information, visit www.NationalDairyCouncil.org  or follow @NtlDairyCouncil on Twitter.

Indiana State Bar Association announces winners of March Against Hunger competition

MAH star logoThe Indiana State Bar Association Service Committee, in coordination with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH), today announced the winners for this year’s March Against Hunger food drive competition. The following winners from each of the six divisions will receive the “Attorney General’s Cup” trophy at a local recognition event later this month:

  • Sole Proprietor – Steven Douglas Law Office, Ellettsville
    ($1,170 monetary donations)
  • Small Firm (2-11 persons) – Wilson Kehoe Winingham, Indianapolis
    ($1,180 monetary donations; 191 pounds of food)
  • Medium Firm (12-21 persons) – Wilkinson Goeller Modesitt Wilkinson & Drummy, Terre Haute
    ($2,445 monetary donations)
  • Large Firm (22-49 persons) – Burke Costanza & Carberry, Merrillville
    ($4,302.70 monetary donations; 257 pounds of food)
  • X-Large Firm (50+ persons) – Barnes & Thornburg, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend & Elkhart offices
    ($13,670 monetary donations; 417 pounds of food)
  • Public/Non-Profit/Local Bar – Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office, Evansville
    ($3,000 monetary donations; 1,690 pounds of food)

“The lawyers in Indiana have always championed the March Against Hunger food drive competition and this year was no exception, raising more monetary donations and non-perishable food items than in previous years,” ISBA President Jeff R. Hawkins said. “I know that helping others is an emotionally rewarding experience and I’m proud of my profession’s participation.”

This year’s March Against Hunger food drive competition took place March 1-31 and included 39 participants statewide, generating 10,105 pounds of food and $50,228.20 in monetary donations. Since 2009, the food drive has generated a total of 62,459 pounds of food and $282,027.91 in monetary donations for Indiana food banks. Click here for a list of all 2015 participants.

“March Against Hunger is a great tradition that inspires a culture of serving and of giving back that helps put food on the table for many struggling families in our state,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said. “Thank you to the Indiana State Bar Association and law firms – big and small – that made this effort a priority and have helped grow this program year after year. Your generosity makes our Hoosier communities stronger.”

“We are grateful for the participation and generosity of so many attorneys, as well as for the leadership of Attorney General Zoeller and the Indiana State Bar Association to raise awareness of hunger,” FIsH Executive Director Emily Weikert Bryant said. “Our food banks are serving one in six Hoosiers who are at risk of hunger; that’s more than one million people. The food and funds contributed though the March Against Hunger drive this year will provide much-needed assistance to those in our communities who continue to struggle with hunger.”

7th Annual March Against Hunger Underway with the Indiana State Bar Association

The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) has teamed up with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General 10982488_10153029650600630_5751922984540651436_nand Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH) for its seventh consecutive year to sponsor March Against Hunger, a friendly food drive competition to raise both non-perishable food and monetary donations for Indiana’s 11 regional food banks March 1-31.

 

The competition is an opportunity for attorneys statewide to help put food on the tables of those struggling in our state. Since 2009, the March Against Hunger food drive has generated 52,354 pounds of food and $231,799.00 in monetary donations for Indiana food banks.

 

Firms can sign up any time during the collection period. Click here to register. For questions, contact Catheryne Pully at cpully@inbar.org or 800.266.2581. 

A special thanks to our 2015 participants:

Sole Proprietor

  1. The Law Office of Bryan K. Bullock
  2. Steven Douglas Law Office, PC
  3. Adedoyin Gomih Law, LLC

Small Firm (2-11 persons)

  1. Wilson Kehoe Winingham
  2. Roberge Law
  3. Hensley Legal Group, PC
  4. Delk McNally, LLP
  5. Jones Obenchain, LLP
  6. Lewis and Wilkins, LLP
  7. Richard A. Mann, PC
  8. Robert John & Associates, PC
  9. Wagner Reese, LLP
  10. O’Neill McFadden & Willett

Medium Firm (12-21 persons)

  1. Tuesley Hall Konopa, LLP
  2. Hoover Hull Turner LLP
  3. Haller & Colvin, PC
  4. Wilkinson Goeller Modesitt Wilkinson & Drummy
  5. Burt Blee Dixon Sutton & Bloom, LLP
  6. Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC
  7. Eichhorn & Eichhorn, LLP

Large Firm (22-49 persons)

  1. Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff
  2. Faegre Baker Daniels (South Bend)
  3. Lewis Kappes PC
  4. Kopka Pinkus Dolin PC
  5. Church Church Hittle & Antrim (Fishers)
  6. Church Church Hittle & Antrim (Merrillville)
  7. Church Church Hittle & Antrim (Tipton)
  8. Kightlinger & Gray, LLP (Indianapolis)
  9. Kightlinger & Gray, LLP (Evansville)
  10. Kightlinger & Gray, LLP (Merrillville)
  11. Kightlinger & Gray, LLP (New Albany)
  12. Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP

X-Large Firm (50+ persons)

  1. Lewis Wagner, LLP
  2. Faegre Baker Daniels (Indianapolis)
  3. Faegre Baker Daniels (Fort Wayne)
  4. Barnes & Thornburg LLP (South Bend)
  5. Barnes & Thornburg LLP (Fort Wayne)
  6. Barnes & Thornburg LLP (Elkhart)
  7. Ice Miller LLP

Public/Non-Profit/Local Bar

  1. Indiana State Bar Association
  2. Office of the Indiana Attorney General
  3. Indiana State Senate
  4. Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
  5. Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office
  6. Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  7. Allen County Bar Association
  8. Lake County Bar Association
  9. Hendricks County Bar Association
  10. Northeast Indiana Paralegal Association, Inc.
  11. Women Lawyers Association

Indiana State Bar Association sponsors 7th Annual March Against Hunger competition

MAH star logoThe Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is teaming up with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH) for its seventh consecutive year to sponsor March Against Hunger, a friendly food drive competition to raise both non-perishable food and monetary donations for Indiana’s 11 regional food banks March 1-31.

The competition is an opportunity for attorneys statewide to help put food on the tables of those struggling in our state. Since 2009, the March Against Hunger food drive has generated 52,354 pounds of food and $231,799.00 in monetary donations for Indiana food banks.

The winner in each of the following categories will be presented with the coveted “Attorney General’s Cup” trophy:

  • Solo Proprietor (1 lawyer)
  • Small Firm (2-11 lawyers)
  • Medium Firm (12-21 lawyers)
  • Large Firm (22-49 lawyers)
  • X-Large Firm (50+ lawyers)
  • Public/Non-Profit/Local Bar

Sign up to participate by clicking “Register“. Firms can sign up any time before the competition begins or during the collection period.

For questions, contact Catheryne Pully at cpully@inbar.org or 800.266.2581.

Donations & Food Banks:

Your donations will be weighed at the regional food bank serving your county, which you will select during the registration process. Note: Every dollar raised by your firm/organization will count as 5 lbs. and will be added to your total. Please refer to the list below for information specific to your food bank (to include address, contact person and who to make checks payable to). You will be responsible for scheduling a time to drop off your donations (some food banks do pick up).

“Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive Set for May 10th

Letter Carriers Union and food banks join forces for 22nd annual food driveSAH

INDIANAPOLIS ― Letter Carriers from across Indiana will help to Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday May 10th, as a part of their 22nd annual food drive benefiting the state’s food banks.

In its 22nd year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive benefits local food banks and shelters through a partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Last year, letter carriers collected more than 74 million pounds of food feeding an estimated 30 million people nationally. Over the course of its 21-year history, the drive has collected more than one billion pounds of food.

“Our letter carriers are on the streets and in the community every day and they see firsthand how families are struggling to put food on the table,” said John Tripplett, president of  the Indiana NALC, “These are not only our customers, they are our neighbors and friends, and we are proud to help in this worthy effort.”

The need for food donations is urgent. In Indiana, more than 1 million Hoosiers are unsure of where their next meal is coming from and nearly 346,000 children, while nationally 49 million Americans—1 in 6—are food insecure.

“The timing of this food drive is crucial,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.  “Food banks and pantries receive many donations during the holiday season. By spring, supplies begin to run low at a time when we need to gear up for summer, when children don’t have access to school breakfast and lunch programs and may not access summer feeding programs.”

To participate in the 22nd Stamp Out Hunger food drive in Indiana, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 10. Hoosier letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to regional food banks and emergency food relief agencies.

Feeding America provides food assistance to 37 million Americans every year. According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans rely on the organization for food and groceries, and the organization distributes 3 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually.  Member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc. distributed 80 million pounds of food in 2013 through nearly 1,700 agencies across Indiana.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visitwww.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive atwww.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

Member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry receiving food from the Stamp Out Hunger drive are:

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Gary
Food Bank of Northern Indiana, South Bend
Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., Lafayette
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, Inc., Muncie
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Indianapolis
Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank, Terre Haute
Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Bloomington
Tri-State Food Bank, Inc., Evansville
Dare to Care Food Bank, Louisville, KY
Freestore Foodbank, Cincinnati, OH

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About the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
The 280,000-member NALC represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions.

About Feeding America 
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger.

Hunger Awareness Day 2013

We had a great day today!  More to be posted later, but here’s a snippet of what went on!

 

Lawmakers work to fight hunger

General Assembly Leadership Delivers Message on Hunger

The leadership of the Indiana General Assembly caucuses, including Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), President Pro Temp David Long (R-Ft. Wayne) and Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) came together recently at WFYI in Indianapolis and taped public service announcements on hunger in Indiana and what can be done to help those in need.

“We are grateful for the time, effort, and attention from legislative leaders and their staff to bring light to the issue of hunger in Indiana, and we look forward to further partnership with the Indiana General Assembly,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.  “We also thank the staff at WFYI public television in Indianapolis for their time and efforts in producing these spots.”

Below are the 60 second and 30 second PSAs.