Local Legal Community raises more than 53,000 pounds of food to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving the greater Springfield, Mass. area, today announced that the firm raised a total of 3,387 pounds of food during this year’s Legal Food Frenzy. The annual competition in which members of the legal community raise funds and collect food items for food pantries, soup kitchen and shelters throughout Massachusetts raised more than 53,000 pounds of food for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts – the equivalent of more than 40,000 meals.

According to a press release issued by Attorney General, Martha Coakley,  “In total, the annual competition raised more than 712,000 pounds of food [for four of the state’s food pantries], breaking last year’s record, which will provide more than 534,456 meals to people in need throughout the Commonwealth.”

Attorney General Coakley stated, “Through the generosity and dedication of the legal community this competition will provide meals through the Commonwealth and help families put food on the table.”

“The 2014 Legal Food Frenzy broke last year’s record,” said Skoler Abbott Partner Susan G. Fentin. “This year, the effort by participating law firms and attorneys raised the bar and increased contributions by 48.7 percent.”

Amelia Holstrom, an associate at Skoler Abbott, was the driving force behind the Legal Food Frenzy at her firm.  Attorney Holstrom commented, “We were proud to join members of the state-wide legal community and come together to accomplish our goals. In particular, we would like to congratulate the Hampden County Bar Association team who raised the most overall – collecting 13,460 pounds of food.”

More than 60 legal organizations across the state signed up to participate in the event this year, a two-week competition to raise food items and donations in a traditionally slow time of year for contributions. Beneficiaries of donations include The Greater Boston Food Bank, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Worcester County Food Bank and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts – who serve more than 800 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters providing nourishment to hungry families across the Commonwealth. Over the last five years, the competition has raised more than 2.3 million pounds of food.

Attorney Susan G. Fentin is a partner in the labor and employment firm of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  Since 1964, Skoler Abbott has represented exclusively management interests in matters involving labor and employment law. Attorney Amelia Holstrom is an associate in the firm.  Both attorneys have experience in labor and employment counseling, advising large and small employers on their responsibilities and obligations under state and federal employment laws, and representing employers before state and federal agencies and in court.