Mercer University School of Law successfully reclaimed the Attorney General's Cup and its title as champion of the Sixth Annual Legal Food Frenzy, a competition to help feed the hungry in Georgia.
Mercer came out on top of the friendly yet competitive contest against the state's other law schools by providing 37.2 pounds of food per student, with all proceeds going to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. Four law schools competed this year and collectively raised the equivalent of more than 26,000 pounds of food for Georgia's food banks.
“We want to congratulate and thank Mercer School of Law and all of the schools that competed,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “It gives us great pride to see the future leaders of our legal community come together each year to fulfill this critical need for our states most vulnerable citizens.”
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.
“Since the beginning of my legal education, Mercer has taught me that service is the foundation of the legal community. For the second year in a row, and fourth overall, we have shown the legal community that Mercer practices what it preaches,” 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, Georgia Food Bank Association and the Middle Georgia community next year.”
“Middle Georgia Community Food Bank is thrilled with the support of the law schools across the state of Georgia that participated this year in helping to raise funds, food and awareness around hunger issues,” said Douglas Rohme, executive director of the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. “We are grateful for our relationship with Mercer Law and for the School continuing its great service to the community by giving back to fight food insecurity. We are extremely proud of Mercer Law for once again winning the Attorney General's Cup.”
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.