The Atlanta lawyer was eager to do some charity work early last year when she noticed the inaugural “Georgia Legal Food Frenzy” was about to begin. The competition, held by the state Attorney General’s Office, the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Food Bank Association, encourages lawyers and law students to collect food for needy schoolchildren.
Hobbs rented out a Sandy Springs movie theater and aired “World’s Smallest Airport,” a documentary about stunt pilots who were relatives of her husband. Viewers were asked to donate food or contribute money to the food drive.
Hobbs’ final tally: the equivalent of 25,586 pounds of food — the most raised, per lawyer, in 2012.
On Tuesday at the state Capitol, state Attorney General Sam Olens congratulated Hobbs and challenged Georgia’s lawyers to raise even more this year, from April 22 through May 3.
Last year’s drive raised the equivalent of 612,496 pounds of food. This year’s goal is 750,000 pounds.
“I encourage each and every lawyer in Georgia to join us in lending a helping hand to our less fortunate neighbors,” Olens said, noting that 60 percent of the state’s schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches.
Danah Craft, executive director of the Georgia Food Bank Association, said that shortly after this year’s food drive is over, most schoolchildren will be home for the summer and unable to get their school lunches. “The timing of this couldn’t be better,” she said.