FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUBJECT: OSBA launches effort to support southeastern Ohio food bank
Contact: Kenneth Brown – 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, Ohio (July 10, 2001) – Today the Ohio State Bar Association launched a statewide drive to raise funds and gather non-perishable food items to benefit needy citizens in a nine-county area in southeastern Ohio.
The Southeastern Ohio Regional Food Center located in McArthur, Ohio, serves Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington counties. The unemployment rate in this portion of Ohio averages 35%, hitting families, seniors and young people hard. In this nine-county area, 75% of the population lives on some sort of public assistance. The food bank serves 1,300 people each month and an average of 500 households. OSBA lawyers practicing in these counties know the need all too well, so the statewide trade organization has taken up the cause of these Ohioans.
OSBA’s new president, Mary Jane Trapp from Cleveland, is spearheading the effort and said “Community involvement is a priority in my administration. This is the first in what I hope will be a series of community support activities the OSBA will be involved with in the coming year.”
The OSBA hopes to gather 2,500 pounds of food and $25,000 in cash contributions – the equivalent of $1 for each member of the bench and bar belonging to the OSBA. The Southeastern Ohio Regional Food Center has a special need for cash donations to enable it to purchase in bulk many of the regular items needed by the people it serves. Through several government subsidy programs, the food bank can purchase $5 worth of food for every $1 it spends, so when the OSBA reaches its $25,000 goal, the food bank will be able to purchase $125,000 worth of goods.
“We invite the citizens of Ohio to join OSBA members in this worthwhile effort,” said Trapp. St. Andrews United Methodist Church of Gahanna, Ohio has agreed to pick up all food items collected from the OSBA headquarters and deliver them to the food bank.
All Ohioans – whether members of the bar or not – can participate in this effort by calling 1-800-282-6556 or visiting the OSBA website for more information. Those interested may send checks made out to Ohio State Bar Association Food Bank Project to: Project Food Bank, c/o The Ohio State Bar Association, P.O. Box 16562, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6562.
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.