The Los Angeles Daily Journal spotlights Food from the Bar Program organized by litigation partner Kathleen M. McDowell.

Beginning on April 20, for three weeks, Los Angeles area law firms are collecting food supplies to replenish the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, which has seen a 40 percent rise in the number of people seeking food assistance since last year. Los Angeles organizers have modeled the program after a similar effort in San Francisco and have set goals to raise $50,000, collect 5,000 pounds of food and fill 100 volunteer shifts.

“There've been smaller food drives, but the beauty of this is it's really an opportunity to mobilize the entire legal community, which in L.A. is huge,” said Kathleen McDowell, a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson spearheading the effort among law firms. “If we get this to take off, it will have a tremendous impact on the larger community.”

About two dozen law firms in Los Angeles have signed on to participate and the slots available for volunteering at the food bank are filling quickly. Local legal groups and government agencies, have also pledged their support.