The Los Angeles legal community raised more than $600,000 during this summer’s Food From The Bar Campaign, which will allow the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to provide more than 2 million meals for those who are facing food insecurity throughout the county, it was announced Monday.

Food From The Bar, which has raised more than $5 million since it began in Los Angeles in 2009, is timed to replenish Food Bank resources during the summer months — a particularly difficult time for parents who lose access to school meals for their children when classes are not in session.

“The pandemic is impacting residents in L.A. County, and the Los Angeles legal community is continuing its fight against hunger by providing these funds,” said Food Bank President and CEO Michael Flood. “We are extremely grateful for all of the individuals, firms and organizations involved in this year’s campaign during such an important time. Thanks to community members like you, our work is possible.”

During the month-long fundraising and volunteering effort, 67 legal organizations, including legal firms, law schools and legal services organizations, participated in a “friendly competition” to see who could raise the most funds, acquire the most food, and work the most volunteer hours for the Food Bank.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Food From The Bar transitioned to a virtual fundraising campaign.

“Kudos to the Food Bank for providing the opportunity for the Los Angeles legal community to contribute to our neighbors’ wellbeing during these very trying times,” said Kathleen McDowell of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, this year’s overall winner. “Even while working from home and social-distancing, we were thrilled to continue the Food from the Bar tradition and support the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.”

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