MACON – Mercer University School of Law successfully claimed the Attorney General’s Cup and retained its title as champion of the seventh annual Legal Food Frenzy, a competition to help feed the hungry in Georgia. This is the third year in a row, and fifth time overall, Mercer has won the title.
Mercer came out on top of the friendly yet competitive contest against the state’s other law schools by raising over $6,500 and 165 pounds of food to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. Six schools competed this year and collectively raised $12,507 for Georgia’s food banks.
“We want to congratulate and thank Mercer School of Law and all who competed in the Food Frenzy,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “It is such an important initiative and was a record-setting year. The Legal Food Frenzy helps ensure that children in Georgia don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from over the summer months.”
The Legal Food Frenzy is part of a statewide food drive organized by the Georgia Attorney General’s Office and the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, which will help provide food for the state’s eight regional food banks.
“Once again, I am extremely proud of the Mercer Law community and its commitment to service. Middle Georgia Community Food Bank can distribute 26,112 meals with the $6,528 raised by Mercer Law during Legal Food Frenzy. This makes a huge impact in a region with a 20-percent poverty level, which is 5 percent higher than the national average,” said third-year law student Morgan Lyndall, who spearheaded Mercer’s efforts for the competition. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, the Georgia Food Bank Association, Attorney General Chris Carr and the Young Lawyers Division next year.”
“Middle Georgia Community Food Bank is so proud of Mercer Law School winning the Attorney General’s Cup for the third year in a row. The Legal Food Frenzy brings together the legal community across the state to rally around the issue of food insecurity through a friendly competition,” said David Griffin, executive director at Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. “Through Mercer Law School’s consistent dedication to raising funds, food and awareness during Legal Food Frenzy, food insecure neighbors’ lives will be positively impacted. We are honored at the hard work Mercer Law School students continue to put forth for the Legal Food Frenzy, and we couldn’t be happier for the Attorney General’s Cup to be back in Macon.”
One in four children in Georgia are food insecure, and nearly 60 percent of Georgia’s public school students are eligible for either a free or reduced lunch each day; however, fewer than 15 percent have access to the lunch program during the summer. The competition is timed to help the food banks go into summer strong and well-stocked to meet the increased demand for food.