June 2010: Allen Matkins has just finished participating in “Food From the Bar” 2010, a month-long food drive organized by several of the state Bar Associations. Through Food from the Bar, law firm participants contribute money, donate food and volunteer—benefits low-income children, seniors and working families. More than 40 Allen Matkins attorneys and staff volunteered time packing food at local food banks as part of the Contra Costa (Walnut Creek Office), Los Angeles (Century City and Los Angeles Offices) and San Francisco County (San Francisco Office) Food from the Bar program.
San Francisco. In San Francisco, Food From the Bar is the legal community’s largest annual food and fundraising drive supporting the San Francisco Food Bank. Last year, 79 firms from across San Francisco raised $369,324 and 13,506 pounds of food and completed 937 volunteer shifts. In San Francisco, 1 in 4 children are faced with the threat of going hungry.
This year the San Francisco office: collected 715 pounds of food (exceeding its goal), donated $3,515 dollars from margaritas, bake sale and silent auction items, checks and online donations (exceeding its goal), and volunteered 19 food bank shifts. In addition to committing to volunteer shifts, staff and attorneys have conducted a bake sale and silent auction, and donated money and food.
Los Angeles. In the Los Angeles area last year, 30 firms and legal organizations raised nearly $200,000 and 14,400 pounds of food in the inaugural event which supported The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. This year’s campaign was timed to help provide more than 1 million meals to county residents, 1 in 7 of whom are in need of food.
Both the Century City and Los Angeles offices participated in fundraising, food collection and volunteered at food banks. 34 attorneys and staff in the Century City volunteered for food bank shifts. The Century City Office also collected 712 pounds of food. The Los Angeles office – through shift volunteers, food donations, check and cash donations, exceeded expectations. The office raised $1,000 and filled all food bins. Office Services personnel raised money through an ingenious arts and crafts sale.