Section Spotlight: Business Law Members Volunteer at Boston Food Bank

Issue June 2010

Four members of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Business Law Section Council helped sort more than one-and-a-half metric tons of food and other grocery items on April 28 at the Greater Boston Food Bank in Boston's South Bay.

The food bank distributes more than 31 million pounds of food and other necessities to needy citizens through nearly 600 member hunger-relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts.

Council members Christine O'Hurley, Brian Glennon, Stephen Kutenplon and Co-Chair Frank Morrissey, and MBA Section Administrator Jean Stevens, spent two-and-a-half hours at the facility's conveyor belt sorting donated food from various grocery stores around the state.

They also filled bags with nutritious foods and snacks for two programs. The first, the BackPack program, a partnership with the Lawrence and Lynn school systems, supplies "back packs" of food for children who rely on school lunch programs during the week and are at risk of going hungry over the weekend or during school holidays. The second effort, the Brown Bag program, partners with community organizations around the state to supply supplemental groceries for seniors.

In all, the MBA volunteers helped sort 3,611 pounds of groceries to provide 2,220 meals.

The Business Law Section Council is planning to schedule another volunteer opportunity in the fall, when it hopes to enlist up to 20 volunteers, with members from all sections encouraged to participate.