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Law students collect food, funds for food banks

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 11:40 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – A team of more than 300 students at the Northern Illinois University College of Law in DeKalb were honored by the Illinois State Bar Association for their support of “Lawyers Feeding Illinois,” a food and fundraising campaign held by the association with the goal of raising 1 million meals.

The team raised $920.58 and 103 pounds of food items. Representatives from the school will be acknowledged at an awards ceremony on May 8 at the ISBA’s Chicago Regional Office. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, whose office supported the campaign, will speak at the ceremony.

Lawyers Feeding Illinois, an initiative of the Illinois State Bar Association and its president, Urbana attorney John E. Thies, raised 1.25 million meals in a statewide campaign Feb. 18 – March 1. It was conducted in cooperation with Feeding Illinois, and all donated food and money benefitted the eight regional food banks serving Illinois.

The effort was also supported by Illinois judges, who placed collection containers for non-perishable food items in courthouses in all parts of the state. Additional financial support for the project came from Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, ISBA Mutual Insurance Company and the Lake County Bar Association.

Feeding Illinois is a coalition of eight Feeding America food banks providing food to 1,885 agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that feed 1.4 million residents across the state.

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