More than 40 members of the Phoenix Valley’s legal community joined forces during the month of September to donate 75,149 meals to the hungry of Arizona during the first annual “Object to Hunger” Food Drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
Sponsored by TERIS, “Object to Hunger” achieved its goal to help St. Mary’s during 19 days in September – Hunger Action Month – to help feed the one in five Arizonans, one in seven seniors and one in four children who are in danger of going hungry each day and give St. Mary’s a much-needed boost heading toward the holiday season.
Congratulations go to the winners of the friendly competition, who earned “Managing Partner” status during the Object to Hunger Food Drive. The firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy collected the most meals of any firm with 16,216 meals while the 15-member firm of Osteen & Harrison PLC collected 5,850 meals to claim the most meals per capita. Gallagher & Kennedy achieved “Equity Partner” by donating close to 14,000 meals.
In all, 20 of the 42 teams collected more than 1,000 pounds during the drive – using a point system of pounds of food and dollars collected.
TERIS and the winning teams were joined from teams from Baird, Williams & Greer, LLP, Ballard Spahr LLP, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Bryan Cave, Burch & Cracchiolo, Burns Barton, Campbell Yost, Clare & Norell, Christian Dichter, Fadell, Cheney & Burt, Fennemore Craig Foundation, Gammage & Burnham, Gordon & Rees, LLP, Greenberg Traurig, Helene Fenlon, PLC, Hymson, Goldstein and Pantiliat, PLLC, Jaburg & Wilk, P.C., Jackson White, P.C., Jones Skelton & Hochuli, Kutak Rock LLP, May Potenza, Baran & Gillespie, P.C., Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P, O’Conner & Campbell, Ogletree Deakins, Polsinelli Shughart, Quarles & Brady, Renaud Cook Drury, Mesaros, PA, Resnick & Louis, Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis, P.L.L.C., Ryley, Carlock and Applewhite, Sacks Ricketts & Case, Sacks Tierney PA, Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP, Slattery Peterson, P.L.L.C., Snell & Wilmer, Squire Sanders (US) LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP and students from Peoria’s Centennial High School DECA organization.
“Community service is a core value at TERIS, and we are floored by the amount of participation from the law firms,” said Richard Saldivar, Principal TERIS. “Their enthusiasm for this project is inspiring and makes me proud to be part of the Phoenix legal community.”
More than $9,500 was pledged during the drive – and each donated dollar allows St. Mary’s to distribute enough food for seven meals into the nine Arizona counties it serves.
“St. Mary’s is very excited that the legal profession is banding together in September for the inaugural ‘Objection to Hunger’ food drive,” Food Bank President and CEO Beverly Damore said. “With the holiday season just around the corner, the need for non-perishable items to feed those struggling with hunger remains at an all-time high. Our thanks to Richard Saldivar and TERIS for taking the lead in this inspired effort to support our community.”
ABOUT THE FOOD BANK: Now in its 46th year of serving Arizona, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 300 partner agencies at 400 locations that serve the hungry. Serving two-thirds of our 15 counties, the organization is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, and is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. In Fiscal Year 2011-12, the Food Bank distributed 63.7 million pounds of food to families and individuals and garnered more than 370,000 volunteer service hours.