After four weeks of fundraising during the month of May, the 8th annual Food From the Bar campaign has come to a close. Sixty-eight firms throughout Los Angeles County partook in this year’s event, bringing in over 5,000 pounds of food, working 722 volunteer shifts at the Los Angeles Regional Food Banks, and raising $42,600 dollars, providing more than 1.6 million meals to those suffering from food insecurity.
Olivarez Madruga is proud to have ranked as a Silver Partner in its first year participating in the campaign, raising the equivalent of 9,120 meals. Volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank was an informative, enjoyable, and fulfilling experience for all involved. OM looks forward to making Food From the Bar an annual tradition.
For the month of May, Olivarez Madruga will be participating in its first Food from the Bar campaign, benefiting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. For the past eight years, law firms and legal offices throughout Los Angeles County have engaged in friendly competition to see who can raise the most funds, food, and volunteer hours.
Just last year, Feeding America deemed Los Angeles County as having the largest food insecure population in the United States, with more than 1.4 million residents affected by food insecurity. Since 1973, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 1 billion pounds of food. It provides food to 320,000 people every month, and in 2015 alone, distributed 52 million meals – that’s more than 62 million pounds of food. The Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources, which – with the help of 27,000 volunteers annually – it serves to more than 320,000 individuals on a monthly basis. Ninety-seven percent of revenue raised goes directly to programs.
Olivarez Madruga is proud to have been among the many volunteers on-site at the Los Angeles Food Bank this past Mother’s Day weekend, putting together more than 4,000 kits to be distributed to senior citizens throughout Los Angeles County.
For every $1 donated, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is able to provide four meals. If you are interested in making a contribution, please click here.
For more information about the Food Bank and other ways you can help, visit their website at https://www.lafoodbank.org/.
On March 16, 2016, a tree planting ceremony commemorating Managing Partner Rick R. Olivarez’s late grandfather, Congressman Edward Roybal, took place on the U.S. Capitol Grounds. Mr. Olivarez and OM Partner, Thomas M. Madruga, were proud to be in attendance at the planting of the red oak. Dignitaries there honoring the late Congressman included his former colleagues Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md. The ceremony was led by Mr. Olivarez’s mother, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.
Edward R. Roybal was the first Hispanic from California to serve in Congress since 1879. He co-founded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), and founded the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). Congressman Roybal was a powerful advocate for funding for education, civil rights, and health programs.
The tree planting marked the centennial of Congressman Roybal’s birth, which also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the CHC and NALEO.