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Virginia's Attorney General kicks off statewide food drive in Roanoke

Ken Cuccinelli rallied local attorneys and others in the legal community for what's called the Legal Food Frenzy.

March 18, 2011|Holly Pietrzak | Weekend Anchor/Reporter

ROANOKE, Va. — Virginia's Attorney General was in Roanoke on Friday to kick off a statewide food drive for those who need extra help.
This, as food prices reach a record high.

Ken Cuccinelli rallied local attorneys and others in the legal community for what's called the Legal Food Frenzy.

It kicks off as the price of food hits an all time high.
The Labor Department reports that food prices went up nearly four percent last month, the biggest increase since November 1974.


On Friday afternoon, Cuccinelli met with local lawyers, asking them to be competitive as they try to gather as much food and funds for local food banks.
Last year, Southwest Virginia firms collected more than 72,000 pounds of food.
More than one and a half million pounds were gathered statewide.

"2011 isn't a downward skid like 2010 was.  So, I'm hoping that we're able to beat last year.  Last year, we barely beat the year before. We're still in a tough skid here, but again that means there's more need, said Cuccinelli.

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"What happens is when those food prices go up, the food industry might not be able to donate as much.  I mean it puts the squeeze on everybody and then individuals in the community can't donate as much," said Pamela Irvine, President & CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

     The friendly competition among law firms in the Commonwealth awards the "Attorney General's Cup" to the firm that raises the most food.
    Nine law firms have signed up for the food drive so far.
    They're hoping for many more, especially since this year could be even more challenging.

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