Bar Association Leaders Tour Northern Illinois Food Bank in Preparation for Lawyers Feeding Illinois Campaign
John E. Thies, president of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), and leaders of the Kane County and DuPage County Bar Associations toured the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva on Monday, January 28, in preparation for “Lawyers Feeding Illinois,” a food and fundraising drive among Illinois law firms and legal organizations to provide 1 million meals to help the estimated 1.9 million Illinoisans who are considered “food insecure.”
In cooperation with Feeding Illinois, the ISBA kicked off its campaign in November 2012 at a news conference attended by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who is supporting the effort. The campaign is chaired by John Thies’s wife Terry.
The food and fundraising drive will take place February 18 through March 1, 2013. Lawyers and lawyer teams can sign up to participate at www.lawyersfeedingil.org, a website established to provide updates as the program unfolds. The campaign was scheduled to be held at a time other than the holidays to more effectively underscore the need for food donations and fundraising year-round.
John Thies considers the campaign a significant focus of his year as ISBA president. “These are difficult times financially for many Illinois families,” he said. “No one should go hungry because they lack the resources they need to put food on the table. We believe our efforts will help call attention to the ongoing problem of hunger as well as collect food and financial donations that directly help families and individuals in need.”
The problem is especially acute for children, according to John and Terry Thies, who note that more than 600,000, or one in five children in Illinois experience food insecurity.
The 32,000-member ISBA (isba.org), with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public through a website (illinoislawyerfinder.com), a cable television program (“Illinois Law”), consumer brochures, and distribution of legal information.
Feeding Illinois is a coalition of eight Feeding America food banks providing food to nearly 2,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that feed 1.4 million residents across the state. The organization is committed to educating people about the role of food banks in addressing hunger and raising awareness of the need to devote more resources and attention to hunger issues. Feeding Illinois is made up of Central Illinois Foodbank, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Northern Illinois Food Bank, the Peoria Area Food Bank, River Bend Foodbank, St. Louis Area Foodbank and Tri-State Foodbank.