Richmond, Va.-- June 17, 2021-- This April, law firms, legal departments, government offices, and law schools across Virginia renewed their annual tradition of supporting the Commonwealth’s food banks through a friendly statewide competition in partnership with the Attorney General’s Office and Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. For the 15th Legal Food Frenzy (LFF), the legal community stepped up to the plate once again and raised the equivalent of 1.4 million pounds of food.
This year’s effort comes after a year of unprecedented need for food assistance. According to Feeding America, food insecurity in Virginia increased by 20% or 156,000 people in 2020, raising Virginia’s food insecurity rate to 956,000 people, or 11.2% of our population. Since the beginning of the pandemic last March, Virginia’s seven food banks and 1,500 partner agencies saw an enormous surge in demand for emergency food assistance – on average, 25% more people across the state seeking assistance. Compounded by disruptions to the food supply chain, food banks spent an astounding 450% more on purchased food in the past year just to keep up with this increased need.