The Catholic University of America

The "Thanks" Part of Thanksgiving

More than 1,300 people in the greater Washington, D.C., area went to bed less hungry in November due to the kindness and generosity of the Columbus School of Law community.

Students, faculty and staff sent 900 donated items to the Capital Area Food Bank last month, enough to feed an estimated 1,332 people. The CAFB is the primary intake and distribution center for donated food in the region.

The law school's food drive was in response to the First Annual Outlaw Hunger Campaign, a larger effort that targeted the D.C. legal community, focusing on private firms. First-year Catholic University law student Melissa Feldmeier, the coordinator and chair of community service outreach for the Student Bar Association, led the collection effort within the law school.

In all, 18 local law firms and the Columbus School of Law (the only D.C. area law school to participate) collectively contributed 3,000 pounds of food and $52,000 to the food bank. The giving permitted the CAFB to provide 162,191 meals to the hungry.

"We would like to thank the firms and organizations for their donations of food and funds. These donations will enable us to help feed over 383,000 people who suffer from hunger, and to educate, empower and enlighten the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition," said Jordan W. Agnew, the CAFB's annual giving manager.

For every $1 contributed, the food bank can provide three meals to those who need it most.