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Gwinnett lawyers partnering to fight hunger

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett attorneys are being recruited as part of a statewide "Legal Food Frenzy" initiative that aims to help the estimated 1.6 million Georgians who need food assistance.

The Legal Food Frenzy is billed as a friendly competition among lawyers to provide regional food banks assistance when they need it most -- in late spring and summer, when giving families turn their attention to end-of-school activities and vacation. Online registration is open.

The effort is spearheaded by the Attorney General's Office, in cooperation with the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyer Division and the Georgia Food Bank Association.

The initiative is modeled after a similar program in Virginia, said Holly Hance, a Lawrenceville attorney acting as Gwinnett's representative.

The contest begins April 23 and ends May 4, Hance said. The law firm or legal organization that raises the most food (per competitor) will be awarded a prize dubbed the "Attorney General's Cup."

The Georgia Food Bank Association distributes more than 77 million pounds of food each year in all of Georgia's 159 counties.

For more information, visit the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy website at www.galegalfoodfrenzy.org.