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Annual "Food From the Bar" Fundraising Drive Kicks Off April 25
Legal Community Joins Efforts to Fight Childhood Hunger in San Francisco

April 4, 2005 - San Francisco —Food from the Bar 2005 gets underway on April 25 when San Francisco's legal community begins raising food and money for the San Francisco Food Bank's food distribution programs, including its Healthy Children and Community Food Partner pantries. For 13 years, San Francisco legal firms have fought childhood hunger though Food from the Bar, which is sponsored by The Bar Association of San Francisco.

This year's goals include raising a minimum of $180,000 and 12,000 pounds of food. Last year Food from the Bar participants raised $151,026 and 11,636 pounds of food for low-income San Francisco children, their families, senior citizens and other individuals. According to James M. Finberg, President of The Bar Association of San Francisco, "Summer vacation for one in four San Francisco children means hunger. Food from the Bar helps feed children during the summer months."

The Food Bank's expanding Healthy Children Pantry program distributes supplemental groceries to more than 700 families per week. The Food Bank's Community Food Partner Pantries serve 450 of San Francisco's poorest families in the public housing network. The Food Bank also supplies food for other summer meal programs and advocates for improvements in government nutrition programs that feed children during the summer months.

"Food from the Bar proceeds will help the Food Bank distribute 23 million pounds of food this year to the agencies we serve. We appreciate the legal community's generous support of our mission to end hunger in San Francisco," said Paul Ash, executive director of the San Francisco Food Bank.

Food from the Bar 2005 runs from April 25 through May 20. Interested firms can register online at Donations can be made online, by check or by phone to 415-282-1900. More information about the campaign, including Food from the Bar 2004 participants, can also be found at BASF's Web site,

About The San Francisco Food Bank

The San Francisco Food Bank's mission is to end hunger in San Francisco. It works toward that goal by distributing food and advocating for improvement in government food programs and policies. A nationwide network of food suppliers allows the Food Bank to turn each dollar donated into $9 of non-perishable groceries, fresh produce, bread, and meat for the community. An affiliate of America's Second Harvest, the Nation's Food Bank Network, the San Francisco Food Bank supplies food to more than 450 nonprofit anti-hunger programs from senior centers and after-school programs to soup kitchens reaching tens of thousands of individuals each month. This year, the Food Bank will distribute 23 million pounds of food enough food to provide more than 50,000 meals to hungry San Franciscans every day.

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession.

Questions about media relations, BASF issues currently in the news, San Francisco Attorney magazine, marketing and communications:

Ann Murphy, Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8792

For general communications inquiries:

Sayre Happich, Assistant Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8104