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Reception Kicks Off Annual Food Drive
Legal Community Helps Fight Hunger in San Francisco with BASF's Food from the Bar Campaign

April 12 , 2006
- San Francisco —The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and the San Francisco Food Bank (SFFB) kicked off their 14 th Annual Food from the Bar campaign by hosting a reception on April 6 at Palio D'Asti in San Francisco.

Food from the Bar is the legal community's annual fundraising drive to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank's Healthy Children and Community Partner pantries. 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.

According to the San Francisco Food Bank Web site, "Nearly one in four children in San Francisco lives near or below the poverty line and is at risk of hunger every day, but only 25 percent of eligible children receive a free summer lunch."

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.

"We applaud the legal community for stepping up to the plate and doing their part to make sure that no child goes hungry this summer in San Francisco," said Paul Ash, Director of the San Francisco Food Bank.

Last year BASF members and law firms in San Francisco raised $187,274 and 16,231 pounds of food for the Food Bank's distribution programs. This year the goal is to raise $250,000 and 18,000 pounds of food. The 2006 Food from the Bar campaign runs from April 24 to May 19.

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