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Lawyers Go Outside the Courtroom to Make a Case for Ending Hunger
Food from the Bar Campaign Announces Most Successful Year Ever

June 28, 2005 - San Francisco —Lawyers and law firms in San Francisco do more than advocate for justice and equality in the courtroom, they make the case for ending childhood hunger. This spring the legal community came together in the Food from the Bar challenge to donate valuable time, collect food and raise money to feed San Francisco's most vulnerable children. The Food from the Bar campaign announces it most successful year ever - resulting in more than 75 San Francisco Law firms contributing 628 volunteer hours, 16,055 pounds of food and raising $191,188.

Proceeds go to provide food for the San Francisco Food Bank's distribution programs, including its Healthy Children and Community Food Partner pantries. For 13 years, San Francisco legal firms have fought childhood hunger through Food from the Bar, which is sponsored by The Bar Association of San Francisco.

"This year the legal community has exceeded all expectations by increasing funds raised by 27 percent and raised 38 percent more food. The lawyers and staff proved that everyone can contribute to the movement to end hunger in a meaningful way," said Paul Ash, executive director, San Francisco Food Bank.

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 850 families per week. The Food Bank's Community Food Partner Pantries serve 350 of San Francisco's poorest families in the public housing network. The Food Bank provides food for more than 450 agencies across the City 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," said Ash. "We appreciate the legal community's generous support of our mission to end hunger in San Francisco."

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