Mercer Students Raise Most Donations Among Law Schools in First Georgia Lawyers’ Food Drive

(From left to right: Philanthropy Chair for PAD Christian Cochran, Assistant Food Drive Organizer Maggie Schaffler, Georgia State Bar President Ken Shigley, Mercer Food Drive Organizer Cameron Roberts, Attorney General Sam Olens, Dean Mary Donovan, SBA President Justin Purvis. Photo by John A Delves)

Mercer Law School was the leader in a recent competition to help feed the hungry in Georgia. In a friendly competition against all other law schools in the state of Georgia, Mercer Law School gathered more food than any other school. In all, the School gathered 4,421 pounds of food, or nine pounds per student, to help support the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. The effort brought home the Attorney General’s Cup for the Law School Division. Part of a larger statewide food drive organized by the State Attorney General's Office and the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, the competition raised a total of 612,000 pounds of food for the state’s seven regional food banks.

“This speaks volumes about the philanthropic spirit that is such a wonderful characteristic of Mercer students, year in and year out,” said Dean Gary Simson.

“I am exceedingly proud of the Georgia legal community for their overwhelming generosity and commitment to Georgia’s less fortunate families struggling with hunger,” said Attorney General Sam Olens. “These donations will assist our food banks with providing balanced, nutritional meals to families over the summer, especially children who rely on free or reduced lunches during the school year. I am elated by the success this first year and look forward to an even stronger competition next year.”

Read more about the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy here.