4.06.2010

Legal Food Frenzy Open to Regent Community

Regent Law students at Food Frenzy
table in Robertson Hall.

The annual Legal Food Frenzy initiative to help feed the hungry is officially open to the entire Regent University community until April 16, 2010.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell '89 (Law and Government) founded the program to end hunger in the Hampton Roads area. This year, the Virginia Bar Association Law School Council is partnering with the Student Bar Association to raise 50,000 pounds of food, 30,000 pounds more than what was raised last year.

"Many people in the Hampton Roads area have experienced layoffs, pay cuts and other harsh realities as a result of the economic downturn," said Regent Law student Valerie Johnson. "Individuals who have never relied on the Foodbank for support are now seeking their services. Donating to the Foodbank gives us the opportunity to lavish love on those in need as well respond to a rising hunger crisis. It's a privilege to meet the needs of our own local community."

The Regent community is invited to participate through food or funding donations, which will go directly to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Boxes will be located on campus at the following locations: Robertson Hall, Communication & the Performing Arts Center, Student Center and the Administration Building. Cash donations will be accepted in Robertson Hall or online through www.foodbankonline.org (it is mandatory for gift donations to reference Regent Law and Legal Food Frenzy in the designation box).

The following food items are most-wanted: peanut butter, chunky soups, canned meats, canned tuna, canned vegetables, juice, cereal, macaroni and cheese, pasta and pasta sauces.

Participants are also encouraged to abstain from purchasing fast food and specialty coffee drinks for two weeks, and donate the money saved to the Food Frenzy.

"A $5 cup of coffee equals 20 pounds of food," said Johnson. "Imagine not spending $5 on coffee for two straight weeks—that would equate to 280 pounds of food. Every dollar donated will purchase four pounds of food. A thermometer detailing our progress toward the 50,000 lbs goal will be kept in Robertson Hall and the Student Center. We greatly encourage our community to give towards this good cause!" For more information, visit http://www.legalfoodfrenzy.com/.