Food from the Bar


Legal community invited to help end child hunger
Ending hunger is a community effort, and Feeding San Diego is inviting the local legal community to approach the bench. This summer, legal professionals can support critical hunger-relief programs by being a part of Food from the Bar. This friendly fundraising competition for legal professionals is now in its 12th year and provides an opportunity for the local legal community to give back.

During the month-long campaign, legal teams compete to raise funds, volunteer, and host food drives for Feeding San Diego’s programs that support children facing hunger. The campaign kicks off on June 1st and Feeding San Diego is looking for additional participants to join and help meet the fundraising goal of $100,000. A team can be a law firm, insurance company, legal staffing agency, legal association, or even an individual legal professional.

During the summer months, nearly half of San Diego County students will lose access to nutritious meals that they rely on while in school. When school lets out for summer, kids who rely on free and reduced-price meals can’t access them and parents must suddenly provide three meals a day. Inflation continues to negatively impact household budgets, and food budgets simply don’t stretch as far or buy as much as last year. According to Feeding America, there are more than 100,000 children in San Diego County who experience food insecurity. Many families rely on Feeding San Diego’s programs during the summer months that provide meals for children.

Food from the Bar is just one way to support families in bringing nutritious meals home this summer. Local legal professionals have long relished the opportunity to get involved with a community organization that provides such a vital resource for families in our community.

“Every summer, I dedicate my time to support Feeding San Diego’s Food from the Bar event. Having been involved for years, I understand the crucial need, especially during summer, when many children in San Diego face hunger without school lunches. When I was a child, summer meant adventure, but for some in our community, it brings worry about where their next meal will come from. It’s a cause close to my heart,” shares Frank J. Johnson, co-founder and managing partner of Johnson Fistel and a member of the Food from the Bar steering committee.
Participating law firms this year that have signed on so far include Johnson Fistel, Cooley, Pillsbury,and Fair Cadora, APC.

For others looking to get involved, the best way to support Feeding San Diego’s mission of providing nutritious meals to anyone in need by maximizing food rescue is to fundraise for the non-profit. Every $1 donated helps provide two meals to people experiencing food insecurity throughout the county.

To sign up for Food from the Bar or learn more, visit


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Esteban Villanueva