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Letters to the editor: 10/15/12

The Maryland Food Bank is proud to partner with the Lawyers’ Campaign Against Hunger as it celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Since the American Bar Association passed a resolution endorsing the “fundamental right to be free from hunger” 25 years ago, local attorneys have raised more than $3.18 million to fight hunger in Maryland. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted by the generosity of Maryland’s law community. Fewer children are going to bed hungry. Fewer families have to choose between heating their home or eating. Fewer seniors are skipping meals to afford medication and doctors’ visits.

As current campaign beneficiaries, we are extremely grateful to the founders of this campaign, to the firms and individuals who sponsor with generous donations, to the hundreds of attorneys who have served on the active Executive Committees over the years and to all of the Campaign Advocates who have donated their time, talent and funds to support the Maryland Food Bank, the Capital Area Food Bank and our predecessor anti-hunger organizations.

We are also grateful to The Daily Record and the Maryland Office of the Attorney General which have been actively involved since the very beginning. The Daily Record’s coverage of the campaign and generous in-kind donation of ad space has been critical in spreading the word. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler currently heads the Honorary Committee as Chair and Retired Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. continues to serve the campaign and was actively involved back as the campaign was launched in 1988. Twenty-five years of support in the fight against hunger is exemplary!

Make no mistake, though, our work is nowhere near done. While hundreds of thousands have been fed, many more continue to go without. More than 740,000 Marylanders still don’t know from where their next meal is coming. Nearly a third are children. Food-insecure Marylanders miss 127 million meals each year — the equivalent of 159 million pounds of food. This is what the Maryland Food Bank and other organizations must distribute on top of what we are already doing to end hunger statewide.

That is our goal and we hope that many more will join us in this crusade. In honor of its 25th year, the campaign is asking attorneys and firms to donate $25, $250 or $2,500 or increase their previous gift amount by 25 percent. Visit www.lawyersagainsthunger.org to get involved.

With generous donations from individuals, socially-responsible firms and partners like the Daily Record, we can — and will — end hunger in Maryland.