We felt very strongly about having this food drive in August because most people only think to donate food around the holidays. The truth is these food banks are in real need of support from the community year round.
Marlton, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 01, 2012
The Gloucester County personal injury attorneys at Console & Hollawell, P.C. recently collaborated with the Food Bank of South Jersey to collect both food and money to support people in need in their local community. Over the course of their one-month drive they were able to collect 216 pounds of food that will help feed the 173,000 people (one third of whom are school aged children and 12 percent are seniors) that will need emergency food assistance this year in Burlington, Salem, Camden, and Gloucester Counties.
Lydia Cipriani, the Director of Marketing Communications & Special Events for the Food Bank of South Jersey, expressed her thanks to Console & Hollawell for their generous donations and explained how wonderful these food drives are for them.
“The food drives that companies like yours run for us are so important because they supplement all the food we get from other sources,” said Cipriani.
Cipriani explained that those who are in need of food assistance in South Jersey are facing roadblocks at nearly every turn including when it comes to getting food stamps and food distribution. She explained that the government provides them with certain food donations, but they are not enough to provide a balanced diet. The government may give them a significant amount of one type of food such as bread, corn, or milk but it is through food drives and donations that they are able to turn this into nutritious meals.
In addition to the food collected in the drive, Console & Hollawell also raised $100 that will allow the food bank to feed a family of four, three balanced meals a day for an entire month. Cipriani explained that monetary donations are also extremely important to the food bank.
“The money people donate is critical because we can buy food at vastly discounted prices,” she explained. “One dollar buys three and a half meals, so every dollar that people give, like dollars from your law firm, is incredibly valuable to us.”
She went on to explain that their ability to purchase the necessary foods at a reduced price make the donations go further than if someone went into their local grocery store and bought the food themselves to donate.
Managing partner Richard P. Console, Jr. explained that, “We felt very strongly about having this food drive in August because most people only think to donate food around the holidays. The truth is these food banks are in real need of support from the community year round.”
The personal injury attorneys at Console & Hollawell, P.C. have a strong commitment to helping those in their community while advocating on behalf of accident victims throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.