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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, July 1, 2012

Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Set the Bar High

On July 1st Santa Barbara Women Lawyers (SBWL) will kick off the second annual Food from the Bar Food and Funds Drive to raise $10,000 and 1,000 pounds of food for the Foodbank.


This year the legal community will raise food and funds to feed local children summer lunches through the Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park Program. The Picnic in the Park Program provides nutritious lunches and physical activities to low-income children Monday – Friday for a 10 week period each summer.

With a generous sponsorship from Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, SBWL is well on their way to achieving their goal. “The leadership gift from Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck has helped inspire the legal community and we are extremely grateful to them and SBWL for organizing Food from the Bar again this year,” acknowledged Erik Talkin, Chief Executive Officer of the Foodbank. “Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is extremely proud to be a Community Partner/Sponsor for the Second Annual Food From the Bar campaign. The Foodbank is undertaking a number of programs to provide nutrition education in innovative ways to children and young people. Supporting our community is a priority for Brownstein, and so we are very proud to support the Food From the Bar campaign,” commented Peter Brown of Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck, also a member of the Foodbank Board of Trustees.

“Food from the Bar is unique because attorneys, offices and legal organizations that may represent different interests in their work come together and rally behind a collective cause, to feed those in need in our community. The drive also shows how significantly the local bar can impact our community when we work together toward a common goal,” shared SBWL. “We cannot tolerate anyone in our community going hungry. We must come together and do whatever we can to ensure our neighbors, and in particular local children who do not have access to meals each day, are fed,” commented SBWL when asked why they are so passionately committed to this project.

Other financial partners include: Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, Walter R. Anderson, Ghitterman Ghitterman & Feld, Hager Dowling Lim & Slack, Law Copy, Law Office of Saji Gunawardane and Hebda Property & Title Solution. The event is also supported by the following community sponsors: Legal Aide Foundation, Santa Barbara Secretaries Association, Environmental Defense Center, County of Santa Barbara Public Defender, Santa Barbara Barristers, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, California Rural Legal Assistance, Santa Barbara Paralegal Association and Santa Barbara County District Attorney.

To sponsor or donate, visit foodbanksbc.org.

About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

The Foodbank is a non-profit organization that works to eliminate hunger and food insecurity by distributing nutritious food, education, and other resources through its own programs and to a network of 290 member non-profit agencies and programs in Santa Barbara County. In 2011, the Foodbank distributed 11 million pounds of food, of which fully half was fresh produce. This served over 102,000 unduplicated people from Carpinteria to Santa Maria, an amazing 1 in 4 people.

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