SEATTLE - Thursday, May 6 is "Law Day" in Washington, an annual
observance of the needs and reasons for laws. This year, it is also the
kickoff date for a two-week food drive by those who practice law,
organized by the Washington State Association for Justice
(WSJ). Law firms across the state have agreed to be drop-off sites for
Their goal is to gather enough for at least 50,000 meals, which will be
given to Northwest Harvest
. Attorney Betsylew Miale-Gix, chair
of the "Fight for Justice, Fight Against Hunger" drive, says people
often seek legal advice when they're in serious financial trouble and
don't know where else to turn. So, their lawyers know just how common
hunger has become.
"We see how they're struggling in some cases, with their homes being
foreclosed on; with losing their jobs, whether it's due to their
injuries or the economic circumstances, and trying to figure out how to
pay for basic needs. And one of those basic needs is food."
Miale-Gix says working to resolve consumer and employment cases is
important, but legal advice is not the only thing clients sometimes
"The Washington State Association for Justice figures that it doesn't do
us any good to take care of their legal needs if they're hungry, and
the kids can't study in class because they're hungry, and the parents
are out there, desperate. There's something we need to do about that,
According to its website, Northwest Harvest
already buys white
rice and beans in bulk, but offers a list of other food items to donate.
Baby diapers also are needed.
Food will be collected through May 20. More information and a list of
statewide drop-off sites are online at www.northwestharvest.org