6th Annual March Against Hunger (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

March 3, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller launched the sixth annual statewide March Against Hunger food drive competition today in Fort Wayne

Community Harvest Food Bank is one of 11 regional food banks in Indiana that partner with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry or FIsH – an organization which helps link Indiana’s resources to feed those in need. For the sixth consecutive year, the Indiana Attorney General’s Office has joined FIsH and the Indiana State Bar Association to help challenge law firms to donate goods and raise money for these banks.

"This friendly, food-drive competition gives us an opportunity to highlight the struggles of food banks and those in need – particularly during this harsh winter when the costs of just heating your home have been significant,” Zoeller said. “It also shows how lawyers in our state step up to serve in time of need.  We're grateful for the partnerships with Feedings Indiana’s Hungry, local food banks and law groups which selflessly pull together each year to give back to the communities we serve.”

To sign up to participate in this year's statewide competition visit www.marchagainsthunger.org or www.in.gov/attorneygeneral. Totals and winners will be announced shortly after the deadline to donate which is March 31.

In 2013, 52 law groups participated in March Against Hunger and raised 10,065 pounds of food and $55,455 - which is the equivalent of 287,340 pounds or 143 tons of food. Overall, the program has raised a total of 44,166 pounds of food and $182,622 for a total of 477 tons in assistance since 2009.

This year the “Attorney General’s Cup” will be presented to the firm in each of the six categories that collects the most donations:

Sole Proprietor

Small firm (2-11 persons)

Medium firm (12-21 persons)

Large firm (22-49 persons)

X-Large firm (50+ persons)

Public/non-profit firm

Those not employed by a law firm can contribute nonperishable foods at a participating firm listed at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral or a FIsH food bank listed at www.feedingindianashungry.org.

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