The CBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS) hosted its annual Horn of Plenty Food Drive, which ran from November 11-22 this year. In partnership with Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank, the YLS collected both food and monetary donations for Connecticut’s hungry families though an online fundraising drive and in-person drop-off locations throughout the state.
Through the generosity of CBA members and their friends, families, and colleagues, the YLS collected $3,599 in cash donations, surpassing their $1,500 fundraising goal by more than double. This donation resulted in nearly 9,000 meals for those in need in Hartford and Tolland counties.
The drive also collected food donations at law firms around the state, totaling 700 pounds, which were donated to local food pantries in each county that are part of Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank’s network of partners. The food donations provided nearly 600 additional meals.
“The 2019 Horn of Plenty Food Drive was a tremendous success thanks to the kindness of CBA members,” said YLS Public Service Co-directors Kyle McClain and Sara Saucier. “Participants demonstrated fantastic support for the drive’s fundraising focus this year in helping us raise nearly $3,600—well beyond what we had imagined. While a monetary donation to a food drive may feel impersonal, putting those dollars into the hands of experts—like our partner Foodshare—results in a much more meaningful impact than any one person could make on his or her own. We would like to extend special thanks to YLS Executive Committee member Johanna Katz and her colleagues at Pullman & Comley LLC for their remarkable firmwide participation in the drive.”
This year’s Horn of Plenty Food Drive was organized by YLS Public Service co-directors, Kyle McClain and Sara Saucier, and Austin Berescik-Johns, Cindy Cieslak, Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore, Jonathan Friedler, Marissa Hernandez, Johanna Katz, Joanna Kornafel, and Megan Wade assisted with food collection along with their law firms which acted as donation sites.
Kyle McClain and Sara Saucier from the YLS with Al Marino from Foodshare.
Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore, Joanna Kornafel, and Jeffrey Lounsbury at the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven.