Nearly 80 employees from all of law firm Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s New York and New Jersey offices prepared and packed 1,000 weekend food bags for Newark schoolchildren as part of the firm’s efforts to battle food insecurity. The firm partnered with “Blessing in a Backpack” to hold its “Pack for Purpose” event at the firm’s Roseland headquarters. According to Blessings in a Backpack, 13 million children are experiencing food insecurity, which is equivalent to one in six American children who may be struggling with access to food.
Mandelbaum Barrett Chief Culture Officer Lauren Lynch said, “We are thrilled to have partnered with Blessings in a Backpack for this incredible event that brought together our team for a great cause!”
During August and September, Mandelbaum Barrett’s charitable foundation donated over $3,500 and received another $4,000 from online donations from employees, clients and friends of the firm to purchase the food. On September 14, 2022, employees gathered in shifts to prepare the food bags for children who don’t receive the free school lunch on the weekend.
According to Diane Palmer, director of corporate relations for Blessings in a Backpack, “With families facing rampant inflation affecting their budgets, Blessings in a Backpack offers weekend nutrition to school children that struggle with hunger. We greatly appreciate Mandelbaum Barrett’s donation and caring employees who packed bags of food for students in Newark where one in five children are food insecure,”
About Blessings in a Backpack
Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. During the 2021–2022 school year, we distributed nearly 3.2 million bags of ready-to-eat food to children at 1,118 schools in 46 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Since 2009, Blessings in a Backpack has provided 26.7 million hunger-free weekends (aka bags of ready-to-eat food) for more than 927,000 children nationwide.