The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Family Law Section continued its annual fundraiser this fall for people in the state who struggle with hunger, collecting $3,900 and counting for the cause.
In what’s become a yearly tradition, the section tied a fundraiser to its annual Hot Tips in Family Law program in October, an event attended by more than a hundred attorneys who heard New Jersey’s most prominent matrimonial attorneys and retired judges discuss creative solutions to complex challenges they faced over their careers.
“We created the fundraiser with the thought that we’re going into the holidays and it would be great to raise money for the food bank that serves the state,” said Cheryl E. Connors, vice chair of the Family Law Section. “This year people were especially generous and it was great to see how much money we raised.”
The fundraiser started during the pandemic when the Hot Tips program became a virtual event, Connors said. As an activity for attendees, section members circulated a donation link during the program for people to contribute.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization. For more than 45 years, the CFBNJ has provided food, help and hope by supplying meals and offering access to other critical resources. The organization distributes 85 million meals annually through its network of more than 800 community partners throughout 15 New Jersey counties.
For nearly a decade, the NJSBA has maintained its own partnership with CFBNJ, raising over $100,000 since 2014 to support food insecure residents in New Jersey with nutritious meals. The feat is a testament to the profound generosity of the state’s legal community, who believe the fight against hunger is a long-term battle, according to NJSBA President Timothy F. McGoughran.
“Hunger is a pervasive issue in New Jersey that far too many people and families struggle with. In the fight to end food insecurity, we believe that with continued support, the state’s legal community can continue to move the needle in ensuring that no person or family should worry about their next meal.”