In the courtroom, prosecutors and defense attorneys usually have different goals. But local legal organizations recently teamed up to raise more than $33,000 to help Golden Harvest Food Bank provide 99,127 meals for hungry children this summer.
These organizations, including the district attorney’s office for the Augusta Judicial Circuit; Durham Bray Law Firm, P.C.; Fulcher Hagler LLP; Richmond County Civil and Magistrate Court; and Attorney Nathan Jolles collected donations for the 11th annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy fundraising competition April 18-29.
“The local bench is committed to supporting the community in many ways, and we are glad to partner with Golden Harvest and Legal Food Frenzy to ensure basic needs are being met,” said Augusta Judicial Circuit Judge Ashley Wright.
Since it was established in 2012, the fundraiser has provided more than 16 million meals to food banks statewide. This year, 189 teams participated throughout Georgia and raised $880,248, which will pay for 3.5 million meals.
The fundraiser was created to ensure children have enough food to eat during the summer when they’re out of school. Many schools provide both breakfast and lunch for their students.
“With schools closed for summer break, I am reminded of the harsh reality that one in five children in our area is struggling with hunger,” said Golden Harvest President and CEO, Amy Breitmann. “We can’t let kids go up to three months without reliable food, which is why we are grateful for our legal community and their fundraising efforts to help us provide meals for the children in our area.”