Every year, 200,000 children struggle with hunger throughout the state of Kentucky. Many families rely on food banks as a means to provide food for their loved ones. Due to the unprecedented rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever before are struggling to make ends meet and to put food on the table.
As a way to fight back against hunger, Attorney General Daniel Cameron and the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division have teamed up with several food banks in the state to provide meals to those struggling with hunger. Together they formed the KY Legal Food Frenzy - a friendly competition between law firms, legal offices, and law schools in the state to raise food and funds for those in need.
Our firm was excited to partner with many attorneys throughout the state for a wonderful cause. Ashland attorney Katee Neltner mentions, “it was a privilege to partner with AG Cameron and attorneys across Kentucky in an attempt to provide Facing Hunger Food Bank the necessary supplies to keep local families fed. I’m privileged to work with so many people who care - thank you to Burnside Law for seeing this need in Kentucky and standing in the gap.”
The Frenzy originally took place between March 1st – March 14th where Burnside Law competed in the small-firm category. In that short amount of time, our staff collected food and monetary donations outside of the Ashland Kroger and made an appearance on WSAZ’s Studio 3 show.
While Team Burnside was scrambling to raise food and funds in such a short amount of time, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted this great initiative as well. As a result, the deadline was extended to April 3rd so that food banks could prepare to feed those in need during this crisis.
Our office manager, Cindy Allen went on to say, “I think that with the timing of everything that is going on, the ‘Legal Food Frenzy’ couldn’t have happened at a better time. It was my honor to work with my team on raising funds for the Facing Hunger food bank. We are proud to support our local communities and I am looking forward to next year.”
On April 17th it was announced that this initiative raised approximately 300,000 meals for families in need. Overall, the Ashland office raised 23,164 pounds of food which put us in first place for the small firm category. Our team went above and beyond because that amount would have beaten out the medium sized firm category! We are proud of our staff for raising 23,164 pounds of food which will benefit the Facing Hunger Foodbank.
“I’m proud of the way our team stepped up, especially during a time of crisis. People are in need of meals now more than ever and any contribution goes a long way. I want to thank our incredible team for their hard work and to everyone that contributed,” says Marketing Specialist Shawn Behmer.
“Part of the Burnside Law mission of helping people is what we do outside the courtroom. I’m proud of our entire team helping to make the Food Frenzy a success,” says attorney Michael Walker.
To everyone that contributed to this remarkable initiative, we thank you. Many families in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia rely on these food banks for their meals. It was truly an honor for our firm to partner with several other Kentucky attorneys to fight back against hunger.